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Magnus Hörnqvist


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Works at Department of Criminology
Telephone 08-16 29 41
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 C, plan 6
Room C 636
Postal address Kriminologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm


Previous research:

What does the productivity of power involve? In a series of research projects and in critical dialogue with the tradition from Foucault, I have investigated the productivity of power in state arenas, such as the war against terror, crime prevention programmes and prison risk assessments. I have followed the re-organisation of power in a new landscape of policing and regulation. A common thread running through the studies have been how normality is created through interventions targeting projections of non-normality, or ever-changing threats to an imagined order. 

Current research:

In recent years I have moved towards problems associated with agency. Given a conception of the actor as deeply implicated in power structures, I trace specific aspects of agency; on the hand conditions for critical transcendence (Social class and cognition) and on the other hand mechanisms for the satisfaction of desire through intensification of power (The Pleasure of Punishment).

  • Social class and cognition

We perceive what we can, and what we can is shaped by class and social structure. Yet we also perceive options that transcend existing relations of power. How come?

  • The Pleasure of Punishment

Why is punishment so important for the audience? Do we earn recognition by watching others being punished? The monograph The Pleasure of Punishment (to be published with Routledge in 2021) approaches the topic historically. From ancient Greece until today, there are numerous examples of the enjoyment of cruelty. With the passage to modernity, the satisfaction of the audiences changed character – to some extent. I locate the motive force in a general desire for recognition, as opposed to sadism, misogyny or desire for vengeance. 

Courses Taught: Theory; The Sociology of Punishment. Throughout 2019, I will be on sabbatical thanks to a grant within the framework of RJ Sabbatical 2018.


Hörnqvist M (2017) Sovereign Display and Fiscal Techniques: Some Notes on Recent Strategies to Counteract Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol 50(4), pp 933-960.

Hörnqvist M (2016) Riots in the welfare state: The contours of a modern-day moral economy, European Journal of Criminology, Vol. 13(5), s 573-589.

Hörnqvist M (2015) Regulating business or policing crime? Tracing the policy convergence between taxation and crime control at the local levelRegulation & Governance, Vol 9(4), s 352–366.

Hörnqvist M (2014) Repositioning sovereignty? Sovereign encounters with organized crime and money laundering in the realm of accountantsTheoretical Criminology, 18 (4), 528-545

Hörnqvist M (2013) ”Pleasure, Punishment and the Professional Middle Class”, in Scott, D (ed) Why Prison?, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. s 89–107

Hörnqvist, Magnus & Flyghed, Janne (2012), “Exclusion or Culture?: The Rise and the Ambiguity of the Radicalisation Debate”, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Vol 5(3)

Hörnqvist, Magnus (2012), Review of Thomas Ugelvik and Jane Dullum (eds), Penal Exceptionalism? Nordic Prison Policy and Practice, Theoretical Criminology, Vol 16(2)

Hörnqvist, Magnus (2012) Peculiar Institutions and Peculiar Explanations: Review of Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition by David Garland, British Journal of Criminology, Vol 52(1)

Hörnqvist, Magnus (2010), Risk, Power and the State: After Foucault, Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish

Hörnqvist, Magnus (2010) Review of Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity by Loïc Wacquant, British Journal of Criminology, Vol 50(3)

Hörnqvist, Magnus (2008), ”The Imaginary Constitution of Wage Labourers”, in Carlen, Pat (ed), Imaginary Penalities, Willan: Cullompton

Last updated: May 6, 2019

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