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Abby Peterson

Professor emerita

Abby Peterson
Professor emerita
Academic degree: Docent
+46 31 786 5350

Room number: G111
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg
Duties: Researcher, Director of postgraduate studies

Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Abby Peterson

Dr. ABBY PETERSON is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, University of Gothenburg. She has held visiting appointments in the Department of Sociology, Vytautus Magnus University in Lithuania and the Centre for Criminology, Oxford University. She conducts research within the fields of political sociology and cultural sociology and the interface between the two fields, as well as within the fields of criminology and sociology of law. In particular, Peterson has made contributions within social movement theory, culture and politics, policing political protests, classical sociological theory, and ethnic relations.

Specialist Fields

  • Social movement research
  • Cultural sociology
  • Policing
  • The governance of ethnicity


Current research
She currently directs Swedish research participation in a European Science Foundation collaboration with six European countries entitled “Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualizing Contestation”. She heads an ongoing six-year research programme dealing with the theme “Policing Ethnicity”. Since 2014 she is directing research for the project “Pride Parades in Seven European Countries: An International Comparison of LGBT Movement Dynamics”. Together with Professor Malin Åkerström of Lund University and Professor Liv Finstad of Oslo University she co-directs a research network on the multiple modes of contemporary policing in Scandinavia.

Professor Peterson was co-editor, together with Professor Bengt Furåker, of Acta Sociologica between 2006 and 2011. She was President of the Swedish Sociological Association between 2012-2014. Peterson serves on the Board of Advisors for Cosmos — the Consortium on Social Movement Research at the European University Institute in Florence.

Latest publications

The Paradoxes of Democracy and the Rule of Law
Donatella della Porta, Michael Keating, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Colin Crouch, Sheila Jasanoff et al.
Rethinking Society for the 21st Century. Volume 2: Political Regulation, Governance, and Societal Transformations. Report of the International Panel on Social Progress, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Sweden 1950–2015: Contentious Politics and Social Movements between Confrontation and Conditioned Cooperation
Abby Peterson, Håkan Thörn, Mattias Wahlström
Mikkelsen F., Kjeldstadli K., Nyzell S. (eds) Popular Struggle and Democracy in Scandinavia: 1700-Present, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Friends of Pride: Mobilizing Individual and Organizational Allies in Different Political and Cultural Contexts
Mattias Wahlström, Abby Peterson
Paper presented at the conference "Proud In Europe? LGBTI Emancipation in Comparative Perspective", 4-5 August, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

The Ritual of May Day in Western Europe: Past, Present and Future
Abby Peterson, Herbert Reiter
New York, Routledge, Edited book 2016
Edited book

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The institutionalization processes of a neo-Nazi movement party: securing movement outcomes
Abby Peterson
The Consequences of Social Movements, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Successful Social Movement Outcomes Without Social Movements? Research on Swedish Social Movements and Swedish Social Movement Research
Abby Peterson
Social Movement Studies in Europe: The State of the Art, New York and Oxford, Berghahn Books, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book


Repression: The governance of domestic dissent
Abby Peterson, Mattias Wahlström
The Oxford Handbook of Social Movements, Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Social Protest
Abby Peterson
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, London, Elsevier, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book


Contextual factors that lead to the normalization of Pride parade participation in six European countries
Abby Peterson, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag
Paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, UK, 3-6 September 2014, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution


Police Riots
Abby Peterson
The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, Chichester (UK), Wiley-Blackwell, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Is there New Wine in the New Bottles? Participants in European Anti-Austerity Protests 2010-2012
Abby Peterson, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag
Paper presented at the ECPR General Conference in Bordeaux 2013, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

The problem of Loyalty in Greedy institutions
Abby Peterson, Sara Uhnoo
Psychology of Loyalty, New York, Nova Science Publishers, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

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