Cultural and political participation
The study of cultural participation is about how people construct and interpret reality and act in contact with other people.
As in other fields of sociology, culture is seen in a broad social context. Culture can legitimize prevailing conditions, it may divide and manipulate people, or it can unite them.
For cultural sociologists culture – a diversity of symbols, ideas and practices – is an analytical perspective more than a particular theme. This means that those researching culture at our department share ways of understanding, not primarily common areas of research. Nevertheless, sense, identity, power and change can be said to be overarching themes.
The academic profile is broad. Among research interests are:
- Culture and cultural institutions: Fredrik Engelstad, Ivar Frønes Håkon Larsen
- Religion: Inger Furseth
- Media / speech: Katrine Fangen, Anniken Hagelund, Anne Krogstad
- Freedom: Mette Andersson, Fredrik Engelstad, Katrine Fangen, Inger Furuseth, Anniken Hagelund, Anne Krogstad
- Social movements Mette Andersson, Katrine Fangen, Inger Furuseth,
- Sports / Recreation / play: Mette Andersson, Lise Kjølsrød
- Political communication: Fredrik Engelstad, Anniken Hagelund, Katrine Fangen, Anne Krogstad
- Culture and power: Fredrik Engelstad
Researchers in the field of culture are linked to a number of national and international collaborative projects, many of them comparative and / or cross-disciplinary.
- EUMARGINS project: On the Margins of the European Community. Young adult Immigrants in seven European countries (Katrine Fangen).
- Institutional change in a democratic society (Fredrik Engelstad, Torben Hviid Nielsen; Håkon Larsen)
- Comparative political leadership (Anne Krogstad)
- Migration Research and Freedom (Mette Andersson)
- Negotiating the NATION: (Katrine Fangen)
- NOREL: The role of religion in the public sphere. A comparative study of the five Nordic countries (Inger Furseth)
- Political Communication (Anne Krogstad)
- The Hidden Democracy: Play as Source of Social Resilience, Public Commitment and Power (Lise Kjølsrød)