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Anna Lund

Professor of Sociology, Deputy Head of Department

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Works at Department of Sociology
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 9
Room B972
Postal address Sociologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Anna Lund is a Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University. She is also a faculty fellow at Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University.



Cultural sociological perspectives and ethnographic methods characterize her research, as well as a theoretical concern with social change and cultural transformation under conditions of adversity.

Her work has centered on topics as diverse as cultural policy and youth theater, artistic education and gender awareness, websites and online games targeting young people, the cultural and social meaning of retirement, and cultural entrepreneurship in music festivals.

Her current research interests include school achievement and multicultural incorporation, including a theoretical interest in migrant youth's opportunity structures in relation to social and symbolic structure, and school and family networks, and local communities.



Cultural sociology, ethnography, arts, gender, sociology of education, multicultural incorporation, youth studies


Research projects, a selection

Staging Migration: Rhetoric, Representation, and Reception in Swedish Children’s Theater (Att gestalta migration. Retorik, representation och reception i svensk barnteater), Swedish Research Council. PI: Anna Lund. 2020-2023.


Teaching that Matters for Migrant Students: Understanding Levers of Integration in Scotland, Finland and Sweden. NordForsk. PI: Natasa Pantic, 2020-2023.


Opportunity structures for inclusion and successful schooling of newly arrived youth (Nyanlända elevers möjlighetersstrukturer för inkludering och skolframgång), Swedish Research Council. PI: Nihad Bunar, 2017-2020.


Cultural entrepreneurship in music festivals (Efter Hultsfred. Kulturella entreprenörer i spåren efter festivalen), Kamprad Family Foundation. PI: Mats Trondman, 2015-2017.


On the Path Toward a New Everyday Life: A Social Inequality Perspective on Individuals’ Meaning Making at the Onset of Retirement. (På väg mot en annan vardag. Individers meningsskapande vid pensionens inträde ur ett socialt ojämlikhetsperspektiv), Kamprad Family Foundation. PI: Anna Lund, 2014-01-01– 2016-06-30.


Creative school (Skapande skola), The Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis. PI: Anna Lund, 2011-12-13 – 2013-09-30.


An educational Dilemma. School achivement and Multicultural Incorporation (Ett utbildningspolitiskt dilemma: skolprestationer och mångkulturell inkorporering), The Swedish Research Council. PI: Mats Trondman, 2010-2014.


Organized Producers of Young Net Cultures (Organiserade producenter av unga nätkulturer), The Swedish Knowledge Foundation. PI: Tobias Olsson, 2009-2013.


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2019. Anna Lund. Emotion, Space and Society 30, 27-33

    This article engages with how emotions play a significant role in keeping, and changing, social structures and cultural beliefs when a heteronormative gender order is problematized. The stage is university level programs in performer training and their work to integrate theoretical knowledge on gender into students' creative and pedagogical practice. The results show that changes in space, new spatial imaginaries, bring about a power disturbance and status relations that require a re-monitoring of who we are in the eyes of others. The article illustrates how fear can reveal where individuals’ and groups interests lie and orient them toward what must be done to preserve or develop these interests in a desirable direction. The reason feelings of fear, anger and shame emerge in reaction to changing power and status relations is that a decline in status and power entails a loss of agency as well as emotional and economic security, and in a deeper sense existential meaning and identity.

  • 2019. Anna Lund. Ethnic and Racial Studies 42 (13), 2318-2325

    How should we understand the conundrum of love for the segregated school – a system built to keep you in your place? In Gone Home. Race and Roots through Appalachia, Karida L. Brown looks at African American teacher’s work in segregated schools and shows how desegregation could be felt in both gains and losses in the black community. Those teachers prepared their students for a world of integration without freedom. This essay proposes a counter- memory of segregation, a relational agency of teachers past that remains to this day. Former students’ commemoration of teachers, principals, and schools dating from the time of institutionalized racial exclusion works as a symbolic reminder in a still-racist world, representing not only the need to be prepared, but also to stay prepared.

  • 2019. Jeffrey C. Alexander, Anna Lund, Andrea Voyer.

    The civil sphere is a distinctively democratic field in modern societies, one that sustains universalizing cultural aspirations and organizational structures and that has tense and uncertain boundaries with other spheres of social life, like the economy, religion, family, and state.  Unlike the latter, which are more particularistic and hierarchical in character, the civil sphere defines itself in terms of solidarity – the feeling of being connected with every other person in the collectivity.  The utopian ideals of democratic solidarity shape every modern society, even if they are often compromised by the messy realities of social life.

    This volume uses the theory of the civil sphere to shed new light on Nordic societies, while at the same time drawing on the distinctive experiences of the Nordic nations to reflect on and advance the theory of the civil sphere.  Nordic societies have long been admired for creating a distinctive form of social democracy, but this admirable achievement has not been well conceptualized theoretically.  Most attempts to explain Nordic social democracy focus on material and organizational factors.  This volume, by contrast, emphasizes the cultural foundations and characteristics of social democracy, demonstrating how civil sensibilities are necessary for the creation of an egalitarian and democratic state.  Nordic civil spheres, however, are not only pro-civil but also white in color, European in ethnicity, secular in character and gender-equal in a subtly restrictive manner.  Such primordialization of state civility is vividly on display in the sometime tense relationships that develop among natives and “foreigners” in Nordic countries, relationships that expose the primordial undersides of the social democratic codes and civil values that constitute the Nordic civil sphere.

    A major contribution to the theory of the civil sphere and to our understanding of the cultural and normative underpinnings of social and political life, this volume will be of particular interest to students and scholars of sociology and politics.

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Last updated: August 3, 2020

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