Magnus Wennerhag


My research and teaching mainly concerns social movements, political participation, social stratification, political violence, and sociological theory.

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Short background

Magnus Wennerhag defended his Ph.D.-thesis at Lund University in 2008. Since 2008, he is connected to Södertörn University, and is Senior Lecturer (lektor) and Associate Professor (docent) at the university.

Wennerhags primary research interests are social movement studies, political protests, political sociology, political participation, social stratification, and general social theory. Wennerhags Ph.D. thesis was about the global justice movement and the transformations of modernity. For the analysis, use was made of both a survey of activists and semi-structured interviews. For more inforrmation about the survey of activists in the Swedish part of the global justice movement.

Wennerhag is also one of the editors of the Swedish social theory journal Fronesisexternal link.

Current research

Wennerhag is the project leader for the research project ”Anti-racist contentions in the Baltic Sea region – a study of anti-racist activists interplay with politicians and civil servants” (funded by The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2017–2020). This project investigates the interplay between anti-racist activists, politicians, and civil servants during significant campaigns of the anti-racist movement in four countries of the Baltic Sea region: Finland, Germany, Poland, and Sweden.

Wennerhag is also project leader for the research project ”Radicalization and Deradicalization” (funded by the The Swedish Civil Contingency Agency, 2016–2018) and works in the related research project ”Collaboration and conflict in prevention of violent extremism in Swedenexternal link” (funded by the research council Forte, 2017–2019).

Earlier research projects

Wennerhag was 2012–2016 project leader for the research project ”Anarchists in Eastern and Western Europe - a Comparative Study” (funded by The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies). This project aimed at making a comparative analysis of anarchist and autonomist movements in five countries in the Baltic region – Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia, and Sweden – focusing on their role in contemporary politics.

Wennerhag did 2014–2017 work in the research project "Celebration and Protest: A Comparative Study of Pride Parades in Six European Countriesexternal link" (funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond), which was based at University of Gothenburg.

Between 2009 and 2012, Wennerhag was part of the Swedish team of the international research project "Caught in the act of protest: Contextualizing contestationexternal link" (funded by FAS), at the University of Gotheburg), a comparative study of demonstration participation in seven European countries, that use a standardized method of protest surveying.

Magnus Wennerhag have taken part in some earlier research projects at Södertörn University. Firstly, "From apathy to activism: Citizen identities and responses to the political" (under the direction of Kerstin Jacobsson and funded by the Swedish Research Council), in which Wennerhag together with sociologist Adrienne Sörbom did research on the "Extra-parliamentary activism in the global justice movement". Secondly, Wennerhag took part in the research project "National mobilization strategies and transnational networking: Social movements in East and West" (under the direction of Kerstin Jacobsson and funded by the The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies), in which Wennerhag did research about "Transnational activism in the Global Justice movement: A comparison between Sweden, Germany and Poland."

Between 2012 and 2014, Wennerhag was part of the research project "Beyond the welfare state: Europeanization of Swedish civil society organizationsexternal link", at Lund University.


Peterson, A., Wahlström, M. & Wennerhag, M. (2018). Pride Parades and LGBT Movements: Political Participation in an International Comparative Perspectiveexternal link. Open Access. New York: Routledge.

Wennerhag, M., Fröhlich, C. & Piotrowski, G. (eds.) (2017). Radical Left Movements in Europeexternal link. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Wennerhag, M. (2008), Global rörelse: Den globala rättviserörelsen och modernitetens omvandlingar. Stockholm: Bokförlaget Atlas. (Dissertation) For a Summary in English, see hereexternal link.

Wennerhag M., Hilma Holm, Johan Lindgren, Henrik Nordvall and Adrienne Sörbom (2006). Aktivister. Stockholm: Bokförlaget Atlas.

Selected journal articles and chapters in edited volumes, written in English:

Scaramuzzino, R. & Wennerhag, M. (2018). ”Europeanization of Swedish civil society: Motives, activities, and perceived consequences” and ”Factors Explaining Swedish Civil Society Organizations’ Europeanization”. In Anna Meeuwisse & Roberto Scaramuzzino (Eds.). Europeanization in Sweden: Opportunities and Challenges for Civil Society Organizationsexternal link. New York: Berghahn Books.

Elgenius G. & Wennerhag M. (2018). ”The changing political landscape in Sweden: Political cleavages, actors and processesexternal link”. Sociologisk Forskning 55(2–3): 139–154. Open Access.

Johansson, H., Scaramuzzino, R. & Wennerhag, M. (2018). "Multi-level strategies for political influence. How and why do domestic civil society organisations seek political influence at national and EU levels?"external link. Journal of Contemporary European Research 14(2):68–86. Open Access.

Peterson, A., Wahlström, M. & Wennerhag M. (2018). ”’Conscience adherents’ revisited: Heterosexual Pride Parade participants”external link. Mobilization: An International Quarterly 23(1): 83-100. Open Access.

Wennerhag, M. (2017). "Patterns of Protest Participation are Changingexternal link". Sociologisk forskning 54(4): 347-351. Open Access.

Wennerhag, M. (2017). “Radical Left Movements in Europe: An Introduction”, in Magnus Wennerhag, Christian Fröhlich & Grzegorz Piotrowski (eds.). Radical Left Movements in Europeexternal link. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Peterson, A., Wahlström, M. & Wennerhag, M. (2017). ”‘Normalized’ Pride? Pride Parade Participants in Six European Countries”external link. Sexualities. Published online.

Wennerhag, M. (2016). ”Who takes part in May Day marches?”, in Abby Peterson & Herbert Reiter (eds.), The Ritual of May Day in Western Europe – Past, Present and Futureexternal link. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Piotrowski, G. & Wennerhag, M. (2015). ”Always against the state?: An analysis of Polish and Swedish radical left-libertarian activists’ interaction with institutionalized politicsexternal link”. Partecipazione e conflitto8(3). Open Access.

Hylmö, A. & Wennerhag, M. (2015). ”Does class matter in anti-austerity protests? Social class, attitudes towards inequality, and political trust in European demonstrations in a time of economic crisis”. Marco Giugni & Maria T. Grasso (eds.). Austerity and Protest: Popular Contention in Times of Economic Crisisexternal link. Farnham: Ashgate.

Peterson, A., Wahlström, M. & Wennerhag, M. (2015). ”European Anti-Austerity Protests – Beyond ‘old’ and ‘new’ social movements?external link”. Acta Sociologica 58(4).

Scaramuzzino, R. & Wennerhag, M. (2015). ”Civil society organizations going European? The Europeanization of Swedish CSOsexternal link”. SAGE Open. Open Access.

Wahlström M. & Wennerhag M. (2014). "Alone in the crowd: Lone protesters in Western European demonstrationsexternal link". International Sociology 29(6).

Wahlström M., Wennerhag M. & Rootes C. (2013). "Framing the climate issue: Patterns of participation and prognostic frames among climate summit protestorsexternal link". Global Environmental Politics 13(4)

Hellström A. & Wennerhag M. (2103), "National Myth-Making and Populist Mobilization in Scandinavia". Partecipazione e conflitto 6(3)

Sörbom A. & Wennerhag M. (2013). "Individualization, Life Politics, and the Reformulation of Social Critique: An Analysis of the Global Justice Movementexternal link". Critical Sociology 39(3)

Peterson A., Wahlström M., Wennerhag M., Christancho C. & Sabucedo J.-M. (2012) "May Day demonstration in five European countriesexternal link". Mobilization: The International Quarterly 17(3).

Peterson A., Wahlström M. & Wennerhag M. (2012) "Swedish trade unionism: A renewed social movement?external link" Economic and Industrial Democracy 33(4)

Wennerhag M. (2010). "Another modernity is possible? The global justice movement and the transformations of politicsexternal link", Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory 11(2).

Wennerhag, M. (2008), "The Spatial Transformations of Grassroots Activism", in Ana Betancour (ed.), Global Cities. Stockholm : Arkitekturmuseet.

Wennerhag M. (2002). "Globalization Movement Comes to Townexternal link", Studies in Political Economy, no. 67.

Selected other writings, in English and other languages:

"The politics of the global movement", in Arena issue 2 2008. English version.

"Denationalized States and Global Assemblages" [Interview with Saskia Sassen], in Fronesis issue 22–23 (2006). English version.

"Der Kapitalismus ist senil geworden" [interview with Michael Hardt and Samir Amin, co-written with Camilla Lundberg, German translation], in Mittelweg 36, issue 4 2002. German version. English version.

Interviews in the media, in English and other languages:

Interview with SR Interational (Swedish national public radio), about the meaning of May Day demonstrations in Sweden today. In Germanexternal link. In Russianexternal link. In Kurdishexternal link.

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