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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 areas: Foucault, power, the prison, risk and regulation

Current research:

Central issues in modern critical social theory are investigated in a series of ongoing book projects:

  • 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?

  • Pleasure and punishment

Why is punishment pleasurable? On the obscene excitement in the ‘war on terror’ and the placid pleasures of prison reformers and spectators.

  • Spontaneous riots in global perspective.

There is a tacit politics in spontaneous outbreaks of collective violence. Which normative conceptions propel participants in recent riots, in Paris and Husby, and on other places in the world?

  • Criminal justice as career crafting and as global governance.

How do Nordic lawyers advance their private interests as well as the national interest on an expanding international arena of criminal justice?

Courses Taught: Theory; The Sociology of Punishment.



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 level, Regulation & Governance, Vol 9(4), s 352–366.

Hörnqvist M (2014) Repositioning sovereignty? Sovereign encounters with organized crime and money laundering in the realm of accountants, Theoretical 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: October 23, 2018

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