#metoo activism in Sweden

Development, consequences, strategies


Swedish Research Council

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The #metoo tag has united women’s movements in a global campaign against sexism and violence. The #metoo petitions in Sweden describe the structural oppression exercised through sexual harassment and sexual violence that takes place in most professions and contexts such as lawyers, doctors, construction industry, politicians, journalists, students in upper secondary schools, the music industry, etc. Overall, the #metoo activism has made a huge medial and political impact.

The purpose of this interdisciplinary research project is to investigate, through a mixed method approach, the development of the #metoo activism in Sweden. The aim is to document the development of the Swedish #metoo activism and compare the consequences for the actors in different sectors. Based on these results, we will use a participatory design methodology to further develop strategies and tools that can strengthen democratic processes and support continued work against sexual harassment and abuse.

The initial data collection was funded by Formas (2018-2019). This data collection specifically targets material at risk to be lost, such as online materials not covered by archival routines of traditional media and all the experiences that weren’t published, which we will gather through interviews, focus groups and surveys with organizers and other involved actors. Through this data collection we want to ensure and maintain this unique but volatile material for future analyses.

Some publications:

Hansson, Karin, Malin Sveningsson, and Hillevi Ganetz. (2022). #konstnärligfrihet: reifikation som förtryckshandling och motstrategi. External link. Tidskrift För Genusvetenskap, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 49–71. doi:10.55870/TGV.V43I1.10549

Ganetz, Hillevi, Karin Hansson, and Malin Sveningsson. (2022). Maktordningar och motstånd –Forskarperspektiv på #metoo i Sverige External link.. (H. Ganetz, K. Hansson, & M. Sveningsson, Eds.). Lund: Nordic Academic Press.

Hansson, Karin., Pargman, Teresa C. and Bardzell, Shaowen. Materializing activism. External link. External link.Computer Supported Cooperative WorkExternal link. External link. (CSCW), 30, 617–626 (2021).

Hansson, Karin., Sveningsson, Malin. and Ganetz, Hillevi. Organizing Safe Spaces: #MeToo Activism in Sweden. External link. External link.Computer Supported Cooperative WorkExternal link. External link. (CSCW), 30, 651–682 (2021).

Ganetz, Hillevi, Karin Hansson, Malin Sveningsson (2020 ) #metoo, byggbranschen och de gröna näringarna. Rapport utgiven av Institutionen för etnologi, religionshistoria och genusvetenskap Stockholms universitet.

Hansson, Karin (2020). #metoo petitions in Sweden 2017-2019 External link, opens in new window.. Stockholm: Harvard Dataverse. (The list in Swedish [pdf-file) External link, opens in new window.

Hansson, Karin, Malin Sveningson, Hillevi Ganetz, and Maria Sandgren. (2020). Legitimizing a feminist agenda: The #metoo petitions in Sweden 2017-2018. Nordic Journal of Media Studies No 2, 2020.

Hansson, Karin, Malin Sveningsson, Maria Sandgren, and Hillevi Ganetz. (2019). “We passed the trust on”: Strategies for security in #MeToo activism in Sweden. In Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Exploratory Papers. (p. 19). EUSSET. doi:10.18420/ecscw2019_ep14

Sveningsson, Malin, Karin Hansson, Hillevi Ganetz, and Maria Sandgren. (2019). Framing the Swedish #metoo movement. In Nordmedia 2019, Malmö, Sweden. Malmö.

Research area / geographic area

Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies Gender Studies Media Technology Social sciences Sweden

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Project time

2019 — 2023

Useful links

#metoo research forum


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