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  • 1.
    Ekman, Joakim
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Thörn, Håkan
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Wahlström, Mattias
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Wennerhag, Magnus
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Förslag mot extremism hotar demokratisk grund2014In: Dagens Nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, no 5 apri, p. 6-Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 2.
    Garsten, C.
    et al.
    Stockhlms univeristet.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Magical formulae for market futures: Tales from the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos2016In: Anthropology Today, ISSN 0268-540X, E-ISSN 1467-8322, Vol. 32, no 6, p. 18-21Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Markets are often portrayed as being organized by way of rationalized knowledge, objective reasoning, and the fluctuations of demand and supply. In parallel, and often mixed with this modality of knowledge, magical beliefs and practices are prevalent. Business leaders, management consultants, and financial advisors are often savvy in the art of creatively blending the ‘objective facts’ of markets with magical formulae, rites, and imaginaries of the future. This article looks at the World Economic Forum's yearly Davos meeting as a large-scale ritual that engages senior executives of global corporations, top-level politicians, and civil society leaders to contribute to the overall aim of ‘improving the world’. The Davos gathering has become a vital part of the business calendar, just as much for the intensity of its networking as for the declarations of action from the speakers’ podiums. The presentations and performances in Davos work as ‘technologies of enchantment’ in Gell's (1992) sense, instilling a sense of agency onto participants. The ritual also contributes towards securing the acquiescence of individuals and organizations in a transnational network of politico-economic intentionalities. By invoking global and regional challenges and risks, discussing possible scenarios and solutions, presenters invoke a sense of urgency and contribute to the articulation of global ‘problems’ and ‘solutions’. It is proposed that the magic of Davos resides to a large extent in the ritualized form of interaction and the technologies of enchantment through which it is set up. © RAI 2016

  • 3.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Sweden; Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Discretionary Governance: Selection, Secrecy, and Status within the World Economic Forum2021In: Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, ISSN 1075-2846, E-ISSN 1942-6720, Vol. 27, no 4, p. 540-560Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Built on the exclusive funding of 1ooo large transnational corporations, the World Economic Forum is a not-for-profit Swiss foundation, aiming to shape the direction of globalization. Its events are characterized by low degrees of formality and transparency. Research on what this organization does is scarce. This article suggests the term discretionary governance to capture the precarious, yet existing, social order that the organization shapes. By discretionary governance, we mean a set of discreet practices based on the organization's judgement in ways that escape established democratic controls. Drawing on ethnographic data the paper demonstrates how selection, secrecy, and status form key components of this tenuous ordering. Selection processes and secrecy contribute to status elevation of the individuals and organizations chosen to participate. Upon them and the organization itself is bestowed a symbolic capital that is practical and possibly profitable in the world of global governance.

  • 4.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Future by Design: Seductive Technologies of Anticipation within the Future Industry2021In: Futures / [ed] Sandra Kemp; Jenny Andersson, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021, p. 501-513Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter critiques the anticipatory practices of contemporary organizations, such as think tanks and management consultancies, which offer methods and forecasts about possible and desirable futures. These organizations, the chapter argues, contribute to creating a sense of urgency with respect to the future, capitalizing on the perceived need among decision makers to grasp contemporary events, and provide tools and content by which the future can be designed. It argues that future forecast scenarios assist in the creation of a particular type of authority: one geared to the contemporary global situation and to an increasingly complex system of global governance. The chapter interrogates this particular type of authority to argue it is not singular and dominant, but instead comprises the varying interests of many different actors and is underscored by rational process, which offers the possibility of a wider shared understanding

  • 5.
    Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    His Master’s Voice? Conceptualizing the Relationship Between Business and the World Economic Forum2019In: Journal of Business Anthropology, E-ISSN 2245-4217, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 41-62Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Commonly, the relationship between corporations and non-for profit organizations, such as foundations, think tanks and private research institutes, is analyzed in terms suggesting that when acting as funders corporations set the frames for the non-for profit organization who, in turn, not only mimics but also serves as to broadcast the views of its funder. Drawing on the case of the Swizz based foundation/think tank World Economic Forum and its corporate funders we scrutinize this relationship. We show that as an organization interested in global policy making it is of vital importance for the Forum to construct its own agency, not merely giving voice to its funder’s views, and that it will do so drawing on the resources that the funders provide. Moreover, we submit that as organizations all partaking actors will endeavor to construct their own agency, oftentimes by drawing on the resources of others. In so doing, actors may have both overlapping and divergent interests. Evoking the Lévi-Strauss concept of the bricoleur, we analyze how the various and multifaceted priorities of corporations will not only be filtered by the Form, but it will also make use of the resources at hand for organizing forth own policy messages. The result is a complex and dynamic web of actors and voices.

  • 6. Garsten, Christina
    et al.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Values aligned: the organization of conflicting values within the World Economic Forum2014In: Configuring Value Conflicts in Markets / [ed] Susanna Alexius , Kristina Tamm Hallström, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, p. 159-177Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Gerhardt, Karin
    et al.
    Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Sverige.
    Wolrath Söderberg, Maria
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Rhetoric.
    Lindblad, Inger
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Diderichsen, Öjvind
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education, Teacher Education and Aesthetic Learning Processes.
    Gullström, Martin
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Dahlin, Maria
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Rhetoric.
    Köping Olsson, Ann-Sofie
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Lehtilä, Kari
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Rasoal, Chato
    Södertörn University, School of Police Studies.
    Dobers, Peter
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Johansson, Johanna
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Berndt, Kurt D.
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education, Mathematics Education.
    Karlholm, Dan
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, History and Theory of Art.
    Kjellqvist, Tomas
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Lalander, Rickard
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Vallström, Maria
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.
    Alvarsson-Hjort, Jesper
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Psychology.
    Sjöholm, Cecilia
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Aesthetics.
    Lönngren, Ann-Sofie
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Comparative Literature.
    Bydler, Charlotte
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, History and Theory of Art.
    Färjsjö, Eva
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education, Mathematics Education.
    Porseryd, Tove
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Sio, Miriam
    Södertörn University, Teacher Education, Teacher Education and Aesthetic Learning Processes.
    Yazdanpanah, Soheyla
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.
    Pihl Skoog, Emma
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archive Studies.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Gallardo Fernández, Gloria L.
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Wadstein MacLeod, Katarina
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, History and Theory of Art.
    Garrison, Julie
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Andrén, Elinor
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Svärd, Veronica
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Hajighasemi, Ali
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Spånberger Weitz, Ylva
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Elmersjö, Magdalena
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Persson, Sara
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Borevi, Karin
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Carlsson, Nina
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Löfgren, Isabel
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Ghose, Sheila
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Bonow, Madeleine
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Bornemark, Jonna
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Podolian, Olena
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Grahn, Mats
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Gunnarsson Payne, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.
    Kaun, Anne
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Faber, Hugo
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Cederberg, Carl
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge.
    Gradén, Mattias
    Högskolan Dalarna, Sverige.
    Nog nu, politiker – ta klimatkrisen på allvar2022In: Aftonbladet, no 2022-08-25Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 8.
    Jacobsson, Kerstin
    et al.
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    After a Cycle of Contention: Post-Gothenburg Strategies of Left-Libertarian Activists in Sweden2015In: Social Movement Studies, ISSN 1474-2837, E-ISSN 1474-2829, Vol. 14, no 6, p. 713-732Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article considers the strategic choices that radical activists face when a cycle of contention ends. It investigates the re-orientation of the autonomous anarchists or left-libertarian activist milieu in Sweden after the riots at the Gothenburg summit in 2001, which ended a cycle of anti-globalization protests in Sweden. The article identifies five strategies by which this activist milieu attempted to reconstruct collective agency, build a new alliance structure and renew the repertoire of contention: 1) rescaling and targeting of micro-politics; 2) moving from secluded to open communities; 3) rethinking collective agency with the help of a new movement theory; 4) reversing dominant discourses and opening up discursive space; and 5) redefining militancy and shelving of violent confrontation. The study builds on activist interviews and ethnographic research in Stockholm and Malmö.

  • 9.
    Jennische, Ulrik
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Governing anticipation: UNESCO making humankind futures literate2023In: Journal of Organizational Ethnography, ISSN 2046-6749, E-ISSN 2046-6757, Vol. 12, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose This paper explores practices of foresight within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) program Futures Literacy, as a form of transnational governmentality-founded on the interests of "using the future" by "emancipating" the minds of humanity. Design/methodology/approach The paper draws on ethnographic material gathered over five years within the industry of futures consultancy, including UNESCO and its network of self-recognized futurists. The material consists of written sources, participant observation in on-site and digital events and workshops, and interviews. Findings Building on Foucault's (1991) concept of governmentality, which refers to the governing of governing and how subjects politically come into being, this paper critically examines the UNESCO Futures Literacy program by answering questions on ontology, deontology, technology and utopia. It shows how the underlying rationale of the Futures Literacy program departs from an ontological premise of anticipation as a fundamental capacity of biological life, constituting an ethical substance that can be worked on and self-controlled. This rationale speaks to the mandate of UNESCO, to foster peace in our minds, but also to the governing of governing at the individual level. Originality/value In the intersection between the growing literature on anticipation and research concerning governmentality the paper adds ethnographically based knowledge to the field of transnational governance. Earlier ethnographic studies of UNESCO have mostly focused upon its role for cultural heritage, or more broadly neoliberal forms of governing.

  • 10.
    Jezierska, Katarzyna
    et al.
    University West.
    Krizsan, Andrea
    Central European University.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Think Tanks In De-Democratizing Contexts: A Framework For Analysis2021In: Workshop on Policy Advice in De-democratizing and Undemocratic Contexts, 2021Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The last decade is marked by tendencies of de-democratization and autocratization (Lührmann & Lindberg 2019), often characterized by polarization of politics and society, by undermining facts- and expertise-based policymaking, and by decreasing transparency and accountability of political and policy processes. As part of these democratic erosion processes, civil society has also been increasingly under attack, particularly if critical of the incumbent government.

    Think tanks stand at the crossroads ofseveral ofthese tendencies, for several reasons. First, think tanks are members of civil society, and actors in this increasingly polarized political arena. Second, they are organizations that commonly contribute to policy processes with policy knowledge and expertise, which in de-democratizing and polarizing contexts appears to be increasingly troublesome. Third, think tanks are actors that traditionally claim independence beyond party and political lines in their activities. This position may be difficult to uphold in a context where governmental and specific party allegiance is of accelerating importance.

    Our research aims to bring together scholarship on de-democratization and polarization seen from the vantage point of think tanks, in an attempt to improve our understanding of the specificities of political knowledge production in the context of democratic backsliding. The context for the paper is a research project funded by the Baltic Sea Foundation on policy advice in electoral regimes. In the project we are focusing on how think tanks as knowledge producers, providers of policy advice and advocacy are relating to the broader processes of de- democratization We propose to do this through a comparison of two extreme cases of de- democratizing countries in Europe: Poland (classified by https://www.v-dem.net/en/ as electoral democracy) and Hungary (classified as electoral autocracy), both of which were downgraded from relatively high and solid democracy prior to 2010 and 2015 respectively. 

  • 11.
    Jezierska, Katarzyna
    et al.
    University West, Sweden.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Proximity and distance: Think tanks handling the independence paradox2021In: Governance. An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, ISSN 0952-1895, E-ISSN 1468-0491, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 395-411Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The credibility of think tanks is grounded in their image as independent experts. In order to gain authority to act, think tanks must be seen as independent, but in order to exert influence and gain funding, think tanks are forced to compromise this independent image. We focus on how think tanks handle this independence paradox. How do think tanks use different resources to construct an independent image? The aim of the article is conceptual, as we develop a theoretical model of the independence paradox. This conceptual work is based on empirical analysis of attempts by think tanks in Poland and Sweden to create independence while maintaining influence. The two desirables central for think tanks, independence and influence, force them to make strategic choices about their relations with various actors. We conclude that the processes of keeping distance and arranging proximity are at the core of the independence paradox.

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  • 12.
    Jämte, Jan
    et al.
    Örebro Universitet.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Why Did It Not Happen Here?: The Gradual Radicalization of the Anarchist Movement in Sweden 1980–902016In: A European Youth Revolt: European Perspectives on Youth Protest and Social Movements in the 1980s / [ed] Bart van der Steen and Knud Andresen, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, p. 97-111Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter examines the development and role of the anarchist movement in Sweden during the 1980s. In relation to many other parts of Northern Europe – which had seen an upsurge in radical left-libertarian activism, squatting and urban unrest at the turn of the 1980s – such social movements and confrontations remained a marginal phenomenon in Sweden, at least until the end of the decade. However, by the late 1980s a new generation of younger activists, often with roots in the anarchist milieu, formed the basis for a radical squatter and autonomist movement, which proved very similar to the movements that had developed throughout Europe almost a decade earlier.

  • 13.
    Mellquist, Joanna
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Policy professionals in civil society organizations: Organizational hypocrisy and the myth of member centrality2022In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, E-ISSN 2002-066X, Vol. 59, no 4, p. 363-386Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Drawing on 24 interviews with policy professionals in 10 Swedish member-based civil society organizations (CSOs), and observations of policy professionals in three of these, we investigate CSOs from the perspective of their policy teams. This paper theoretically addresses how policy professionals relate to the members in whose name they work. This article extends the literature on civil society professionalization by conceptualizing the conflicts pertaining to policy professionals’ work in CSOs and ways of managing these conflicts. We argue that, ordinarily, CSO policy professionals working to influence public policy respond to conflicting logics and myth-like institutional demands for strong and direct influence of member interests by maintaining face and investing in the myth of member centrality. Based on how policy professionals address these issues, we suggest that organizations respond to conflicting institutional pressures and myths via decoupling strategies, discreetly avoiding member concerns while investing in the membership myth, ultimately fostering organizational hypocrisy. Conceptually, the paper contributes by connecting the literatures of civil society professionalization and new institutional theory to the burgeoning literature on policy professionals.

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  • 14.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Stockholm University.
    A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Globalization2019In: Organization Studies, ISSN 0170-8406, E-ISSN 1741-3044, Vol. 40, no 2, p. 297-300Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Arbetarrörenslen och globaliseringen: bortom nationen som ram?2017In: Civilsamhället i det transnationella rummet / [ed] Filip Wijkström, Marta Reuter & Abbas Emami, Stockholm: European Civil Society Press , 2017, p. 219-247Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Dubbla budskap och enkel solidaritet2010In: Fronesis, ISSN 1404-2614, Vol. 32-33Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Från snack till organiserade nätverk: Om tankesmedjors arbete för att värva andra för sina idéer2018In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, E-ISSN 2002-066X, Vol. 55, no 2-3, p. 365-387Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    From chatter to organized networks. How think tanks work to enrol others

    Think tanks, both inside and outside the Swedish context, appear as something of a conundrum. Definitions and conceptual understandings of what think tanks actually do have not been adequately developed. One of the most urgent and unanswered questions regards how we understand the ability of think tanks to get other actors in the political landscape to use their ideas? Drawing on insights from 13 think thanks in Stockholm, the intention of this paper is to provide an empirically based and theoretically informed answer to this question. The results show that the activities colloquially termed ”networking” and ”agenda setting”, can be understood from an organisational perspective. These activities come across as intangible with uncertain outcomes but cannot be seen as random attempts to bridge think tankers and policy actors, but as decided actions designed to make other actors use their ideas in the future. At the same time, the organized relationships to other actors are ambiguous, as too close relationships may risk the think tank’s appearance of independency.

  • 18.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Politikens gränser: Globalisering, socialdemokrati och banden till nationen2012 (ed. 1)Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Varför fortsätter politiken att vara nationell i en tid av stark globalisering? politiska organisationer talar gärna om gränslösa samarbeten, men det politiska landskapet ser i stort sett likadant ut idag som för 100 år sedan. Med utgångspunkt i den socialdemokratiska arbetarrörelsen i Sverige diskuterar Adrienne Sörbom frågan om politikens långsamma avnationalisering. Rörelsens internationalism till trots visar hon att den binds av starka idéer om Sverige som den självklara platsen för politik. Delvis styrs detta av ideologiskt färgade uppfattningar omvad rörelsen ska och kan göra. Vad som är politik och vem den ska omfatta har inte förändrats, fastän globalisering står högt upp på rörelsens dagordning. Bokens baseras på forskning om socialdemokratin, men här finns intressanta slutsatser för alla som vill lyfta politiken utanför nationen. 

  • 19.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Jezierska, Katarzyna
    Unviersity West .
    Bridging or Bonding?: Think Tanks in a Polarized Context2021In: Swedish Political Science Association Annual Conference, 2021Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Social capital is still often presumed as having positive consequences for societies and communities, less benign aspects are frequently overlooked. Nevertheless, scholarship distinguishes between bridging and bonding social capital to mark that social ties might have very different effects. In this paper, we study the “darker sides” of social capital, arguing that to understand the mechanisms that may propel benign and less benign formations of social capital we need to analyze these variations in context. We focus on think tanks, i.e., policy advice institutions, who are often described as organizations bridging various social fields and brokering contacts between various individuals. We argue, however, that a sharply polarized context turns think tanks to bonding, rather than bridging institutions. Our data consists of 40 interviews with representatives from Polish think tanks, collected in two waves (in 2013 and in 2020/2021), which allows us to trace changes over time. Since the radical right wing Law and Justice came to power in 2015, Polish politics and society are deeply polarized along the axis of the socio-cultural dimension (for or against liberal democracy). The analysis indicates that the networks Polish think tanks use for their activities have transformed from bridging between various groups of organizations, to bonding between similar types of organizations.

  • 20.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Jezierska, Katarzyna
    University West, Sweden.
    Social capital and polarization: The case of Polish think tanks2023In: Journal of Civil Society, ISSN 1744-8689, E-ISSN 1744-8697, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 347-365Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, we study polarization within civil society. While earlier research on civil society has shown that civil society organizations can be divisive, research on polarization has only paid scant attention to the role of civil society. We bring these two aspects of the literature together to develop a framework for analyzing social capital in a polarized context. The framework helps identify practices that organizations may engage in when shaping social capital and working with others: facilitating the flow of information; providing credentials for actors; influencing agents; and reinforcing identity and recognition. Importantly, while originally developed for a fundamentally positive analysis of the mechanics of social capital, this framework includes inverted practices. In our analysis, we observe a bifurcation of actions depending on what role they play in the polarization dynamic - integrating relations within the poles or separating relations between the poles. In this sense, social capital contributes to intensified polarization. Empirically, the article is based on a dataset of 30 interviews with 24 policy-oriented civil society organizations (CSOs), here termed think tanks, in Poland.

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  • 21.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Jämte, Jan
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Umeå University.
    Why it didn´t happen here: The development of the Anarchist Movement in Sweden 1980-19902014In: On conference website, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
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  • 22.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Wennerhag, Magnus
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    A Matter of ‘Extremism’?: Ideas about democracy and political change within Anarchist and Autonomist activists in Sweden2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to identify the relationship towards democracy amongst anarchist and autonomist movement activists. Using the case of activists in Sweden, we scrutinize the relationship to the idea and practice of democracy found in contemporary radical left. How is democracy framed in groups such as these? By so doing we wish to add to and develop the research field on left movements and parties that sometimes are labeled “extreme”. We believe that the “extremism” concept is troublesome in several ways, mainly since it is an ‘asymmetrical concept’ in Koselleck’s sense. In spite of this acknowledgement, we will tentatively use it, in order to mirror and thereby capture how “democracy”, as an idea and practice, is framed by anarchist and autonomous activists.

    In the paper we compare the notion of extremism with the ideas of autonomous and anarchist activist activists in Sweden. The five common elements attributed to the concept of extremism could not be found in the interviews. To the contrary, using the concept in order to find extremism showed a pattern of values usually attributed to the concept of ”deliberative democracy”.

     

  • 23.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Wennerhag, Magnus
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Begreppet extremism - en kritisk introduktion2016In: ARKIV. Tidskrift för samhällsanalys, ISSN 2000-6225, E-ISSN 2000-6217, no 5, p. 15-37Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Termen ”extremism” har blivit vanligare inom både svensk offentlig debatt och myndighetsprosa. I sådana sammanhang är det dock sällan klart exakt vad som avses med denna term. Inte heller inom samhällsvetenskapen är begreppet extre­ mism oomstritt och inom olika forskningsfält används begreppet på olika sätt. Syftet med Adrienne Sörbom och Magnus Wennerhags artikel är att belysa extremismbegrep­ pets uppkomst och förändrade betydelse under moderniteten, samt att diskutera några av de problem som begreppet är behäftat med. Med hjälp av bland annat vetenskaps­ sociologen Thomas F. Gieryns begrepp ”gränsdragningsarbete” (boundary-work) visar Sörbom och Wennerhag hur begreppet extremism används i fältet mellan vetenskap, politik och samhällsdebatt. Författarnas huvudsakliga poäng är att begreppets utgångs­ punkt i en tydligt normativ föreställning om politiska avvikelser gör det mindre använd­ bart i vetenskapliga sammanhang, eftersom det enbart tar dessa avvikelser för givna och inte erbjuder några förklaringar om varför de uppkommer eller vilken roll de spelar i moderna samhällen. 

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  • 24. Sörbom, Adrienne
    et al.
    Wennerhag, Magnus
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Individualization, Life Politics, and the Reformulation of Social Critique: an Analysis of the Global Justice Movement2013In: Critical Sociology, ISSN 0896-9205, E-ISSN 1569-1632, Vol. 39, no 3, p. 453-478Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Taking the contemporary political activism of ‘the Global Justice Movement’ as an illustrative case, this article scrutinizes some influential theoretical ideas about the consequences of ‘individualization’ for collective political action. Quite often, this process is seen as implying a new politics of individual life style – ‘life politics’ – which is associated with new social movements and claimed to have gained importance since the 1960s, on the expense of the collective ‘emancipatory politics’ being associated with ‘old social movements’ such as the Labor Movement. In the light of the article’s empirical findings, this alleged division between life politics and emancipatory politics is questioned, and it is argued that these two kinds of politics should be understood as intertwined practices. The article’s theoretically grounded analysis is based on quantitative data from a survey of participants at the fifth European Social Forum. These data are interpreted and further explored using qualitative interviews with activists.

  • 25.
    Wennerhag, Magnus
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Kravchenko, Zhanna
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Sörbom, Adrienne
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Politikens resurser – Medborgarnas syn på ekonomiskt stöd till politiska partier, civilsamhället och andra politiska aktörer2022In: Du sköra nya värld: SOM-undersökningen 2021 / [ed] Ulrika Andersson; Henrik Oscarsson; Björn Rönnerstrand; Nora, Göteborg: SOM-institutet , 2022, p. 481-496Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Ekonomiskt stöd från det offentliga är i dag en central intäkt för såväl politiska partier som andra politiska aktörer. Sedan 2014 ska dessutom staten tillse att medborgarna har insyn i de politiska partiernas finansiering. Vad anser då medborgarna om det offentliga stödet till politiska aktörer och statens reglering av donationer till politiska partier – och på vilka sätt finansierar medborgarna själva olika politiska aktörer? Våra resultat visar på ett starkt stöd för regleringen av donationer till politiska partier och det offentliga stödet till ideella organisationer. Däremot är opinionen kring statens partistöd splittrad. Resultaten om medborgarnas egna donationer till politiska aktörer visar att drygt hälften skänkt till socialt och humanitärt inriktade organisationer och var fjärde till mer politiska organisationer i det civila samhället, men bara en av tjugo till ett politiskt parti.

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