Magne Flemmen

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Phone +47-22854270
Room 315
Available hours Thursdays 13oo - 14oo
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Harriet Holters hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1096 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic Interests

  • Social inequality
  • Class theory/class analysis
  • The sociology of Pierre Bourdieu
  • Theories of social closure
  • Anthony Giddens and the theory of structuration
  • Cultural capital
  • Sociological theory

Courses Taught

My teaching is on class theory and class analysis, social inequality and topics related to the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu. With Patrick Lie Andersen I teach SOS2100 - Social Inequaly: Class, gender and ethnicity. In SOS1000 - Introduction to sociology I lecture on class and inequality and education and inequality. I also give individual lectures on Pierre Bourdieu and related topics. I teach seminars in SOS1003 - Classics of sociology and modern society.

I can supervise students working on social inequality, class theory and class analysis, or something related to the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu. I would also like to get in touch with students interested in using correspondence analysis.


  • PhD in sociology, 2013
  • MA in sociology, 2008
  • Research assistant, 2006-2008



My postdoc project addresses social closure in the upper middle class. It is well known in sociology that social positions are inherite - directly or, most often, indirectly - so that children often end up in roughly the same social position as their parents. Through life history interviews, the project aims to get a closer look at exactly how this works, by studying families' use of economic, cultural and social resources. Beyond this empirical ambition, the project aims to contribute to the further development of theoretical perspectives in class analysis, in particular the theories of social closure and what has been called a Capital, Assets, Resources (CARS) approach. In this respect,I pick up the thread from myb doctoral work, in that this concerns how perspectives from the sociology of Bourdieu can be integrated or synthesized with the classical perspectives in class analysis

My doctoral work focused on the application of perspectives and methods from Pierre Bourdieu's sociology toproblems in class analysis and class theory, with particular attention to higher social strata and elites. Through empirical and theoretical work the dissertation showed how the notion of social space, and the closely related concept of multiple forms of capital, can shed light on issues of social differentiation. At the same time I criticized the tendency to apply Bourdieu's concepts as a new theoretical foundation for class analysis, and argued that Bourdieu's perspectives need to be integrated or synthesized with classical class theory - the traditions from Marx and Weber. The dissertation can be read here.

Tags: Sociology


  • Flemmen, Magne; Hjellbrekke, Johannes & Jarness, Vegard (2017). "Class, Culture and Culinary Tastes: Cultural Distinctions and Social Class Divisions in Contemporary Norway".. Sociology.  ISSN 0038-0385. . doi:
  • Flemmen, Magne & Hjellbrekke, Johannes (2016). Response: Not so fast: A comment on Atkinson and Deeming's 'Class and cuisine in contemporary Britain: The social space, the space of food and their homology'. Sociological Review.  ISSN 0038-0261.  64(1), s 184- 193 . doi: 10.1111/1467-954X.12350
  • Flemmen, Magne (2014). The Politics of the Service Class: The homology of positions and position-takings. European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association.  ISSN 1461-6696.  16(4), s 543- 569 . doi: 10.1080/14616696.2013.817597
  • Flemmen, Magne (2014). The politics of the service class: The homology of positions and position-takings. European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association.  ISSN 1461-6696.  16(4), s 543- 569 . doi: 10.1080/14616696.2013.817597
  • Hansen, Marianne Nordli; Andersen, Patrick Lie; Flemmen, Magne & Ljunggren, Jørn (2014). Klasser og eliter, I: Olav Korsnes; Marianne Nordli Hansen & Johannes Hjellbrekke (red.),  Elite og klasse i et egalitært samfunn.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02183-6.  2.  s 25 - 38
  • Flemmen, Magne (2013). Putting Bourdieu to work for class analysis: reflections on some recent contributions. British Journal of Sociology.  ISSN 0007-1315.  64(2), s 325- 343 . doi: 10.1111/1468-4446.12020
  • Flemmen, Magne (2012). The Structure of the Upper Class: A Social Space Approach. Sociology.  ISSN 0038-0385.  46(6), s 1039- 1058 . doi: 10.1177/0038038512437899
  • Flemmen, Magne (2010). Lukning i overklassen, I: Kenneth Dahlgren & Jørn Ljunggren (red.),  Klassebilder: Ulikhet og sosial mobilitet i Norge.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-01580-4.  16.  s 228 - 239
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Den økonomiske overklassens sosiale lukning. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning.  ISSN 0040-716X.  50(4), s 493- 522

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  • Flemmen, Magne (2014). Book Review: Matt Dawson, Late Modernity, Individualization and Socialism: An Associational Critique of Neoliberalism. Sociology.  ISSN 0038-0385.  48(6), s 1242- 1244 . doi: 10.1177/0038038514547800
  • Jarness, Vegard & Flemmen, Magne (2014). Revisiting Closure Theory.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2013). Book Review: Class, Individualization and Late Modernity: In Search of the Reflexive Worker. Acta Sociologica.  ISSN 0001-6993.  56(2), s 192- 193 . doi: 10.1177/0001699313479855
  • Flemmen, Magne (2013). Class, Individualization and Late Modernity: In Search of the Reflexive Worker - Will Atkinson. - Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. - VIII, 245 s. (Identity studies in the social sciences). Acta Sociologica.  ISSN 0001-6993.  56(2), s 192- 193 . doi: 10.1177/0001699313479855
  • Flemmen, Magne (2013). Skjulte klasser i Danmark. Materialisten. Tidsskrift for forskning, fagkritikk og teoretisk debatt.  ISSN 0801-3055.  40(1/2), s 131- 142
  • Flemmen, Magne & Ljunggren, Jørn (2013). Klasse-tabu . Dagbladet.  ISSN 0805-3766.  s 52- 53
  • Flemmen, Magne & Ljunggren, Jørn (2013). Om klasse og kultur. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847. . doi:
  • Flemmen, Magne (2012). Bourdieu og korrespondanseanalyse. Socius.  ISSN 0809-5574.  (1), s 75- 76
  • Flemmen, Magne (2012). Visjonær reformisme [anmeldelse av Michael Harringtons Socialism: Past and Future]. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2012). Vår tids viktigste sosiolog. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.  s 22- 23
  • Flemmen, Magne (2010). Den vanskelige distinksjonen. Anmeldelse av Tony Bennett m.fl. Culture, Class, Distinction. Agora : Journal for metafysisk spekulasjon.  ISSN 0800-7136.  28(3), s 235- 244
  • Flemmen, Magne (2010). Om demokratipessimisme og sosiologiens rolle. Sosiologisk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0804-0486.  18(4), s 379- 386
  • Flemmen, Magne (2010). Overklassen som et sosialt rom. Utkast til en analyse.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Arbeidsløshet. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Class Structuration of Upper Class Love and Success.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Class Structuration of Upper Class Love and Success.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Constructing Classes In Official Statistics.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Grunnskolens klasseskiller. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Hijab midt i krisa. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Klassestrukturasjon av kjærlighet og suksess i overklassen.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Klimakolonialisme. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Marx og krisene. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Raddisjournalister. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Social closure of the economic upper class.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Solidaritet og hykleri. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Sosial lukning i den økonomiske overklassen.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Statussyndromet. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Structurations of upper class love and success.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Urettferdig. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Utrygt samfunn. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2009). Ytelsesmyten. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Hansen, Marianne Nordli; Flemmen, Magne & Andersen, Patrick Lie (2009). The Oslo Register Data Class Scheme (ORDC). Final report from the classification procject .
  • Flemmen, Magne (2008). Den arvelige ulikheten. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2008). Den nye overklassen. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2008). Eliten og eierne: En klasse for seg. Dagbladet.  ISSN 0805-3766.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2008). Fem på Globaliseringskonferansen:. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2008). Klasseforskjell skaper ulikhet. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2008). Om lukkingen av overklassen. Dagbladet.  ISSN 0805-3766.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2008). Sosial lukning i den økonomiske overklassen.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2008). Tjener 50 ganger mer. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2008). Uren juss. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.
  • Flemmen, Magne (2007). Middelklassemyter. Dagens næringsliv.  ISSN 0803-9372.

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