Kalle Berggren

Kalle Berggren


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Works at Department of Child and Youth Studies
Telephone 08-120 765 44
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 21A
Room 428
Postal address Barn- och ungdomsvetenskapliga institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I work as a researcher at the Department of Child and Youth studies in a project on young men's intimate partner violence. My background is in sociology (Ph.D. 2014) and gender studies (Senior lecturer 2015-2018). My research interests revolve around intersectional power relations and feminist perspectives on masculinity. The academic year 2019-20 I am a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York.



Ph.D. thesis on Swedish hip hop

In my Ph.D. thesis, Reading rap. Feminist interventions in men and masculinity research (2014), I analyzed how gender, sexuality, race and class are constucted and intersect in rap lyrics from two decades of hip hop in Sweden. Central themes are how male rappers often criticize race and class inequalities but also reproduce normative ideas about gender and sexuality; how female rappers instead focus on sexism and male dominance; the ambivalence among male rappers who love their male peers while distancing themselves from homosexuality; and how research on men and masculinity can be developed through an incresead attention to contemporary feminist, queer and intersectional theory. The articles of the dissertation are published in journals such as European journal of women's studies and Men and masculinities.

Postdoctoral research

I analyze gendered narratives about parents and children in a 2016 article in the Swedish journal of gender studies [Tidskrift för genusvetenskap]. "Theorizing power, identity and hiphop" in EduCare 2016 concerns different ways of theorizing power and identity. In "Who is theory?" in Sociologisk forskning 2018, I discuss the problem of men's dominance in sociological theory courses. "Is everything compatible?" in Australian Feminist Studies 2018 contains a critical discussion about the use of feminist theory within masculinity research. 


Current research

I am currently working in a project on young men and intimate partner violence, with Lucas Gottzén and Hanna Bornäs.


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • Article Vem är teori?
    2018. Kalle Berggren. Sociologisk forskning 55 (1), 75-91

    Sociological theory is a central part of the sociology discipline, and courses on sociological theory are found on all levels of university teaching in sociology at Swedish universities. However, while sociologists have successfully uncovered power structures in various domains of social life, we have been more reluctant to examine our own teaching practices. In particular, sociological theory has been pinpointed as an area where men’s dominance often perseveres. This is in stark contrast to international research on exclusion and inclusion in processes of canon formation, which shows how there have always been important sociological theorists who have not been white men, but that they have been more or less written out of history. Drawing on such international research on inclusion and exclusion in the construction of sociological theory, as well as on norm-critical pedagogy, and on a mapping of the curriculum at one of Sweden’s universities, this article identifies key aspects in the quest for a more inclusive curriculum.

  • 2018. Kalle Berggren. Australian feminist studies (Print)

    Since its emergence in the late 1980s, research on men and masculinity has expanded considerably into an established area at the intersection of sociology, gender studies and related disciplines. There is now a wealth of empirical research but the theoretical debates have largely centred on Connell’s notion of hegemonic masculinity. This article focuses instead on the theoretical contribution of Jeff Hearn, arguably one of the central figures within critical studies on men and masculinities over the last few decades. The article identifies the main tenets of Hearn’s theoretical writing and tracks its development over time, and offers a critical discussion of Hearn’s theoretical position. The critique focuses on ambiguous treatments of central concepts and argues that tensions between perspectives such as materialist analysis, queer theory and intersectionality are not fully acknowledged in Hearn’s work.

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Last updated: August 26, 2019

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