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Carl Cassegård


Carl Cassegård
+46 31 786 4981

Room number: F229
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg

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 Carl Cassegård

CARL CASSEGÅRD´S doctoral thesis was written during a five-year stay in Japan, 1997-2002. Since 2009 he has been teaching sociology and doing research on Japan at the University of Gothenburg (since 2011 as associate professor in sociology).

His research has largely been in the field of cultural sociology and social theory. His research on how literature and popular culture can be used to trace shifting experiences of modernity and shifts in the ideal of the ”good life” led to dissertations in sociology at Kyoto University in Japan in 2002 and at Lund University in Sweden in 2004, and to a book, Shock and Naturalization, which was published in 2007.

Carl’s research since 2003 has been mainly related to social movements. A large proportion of his interest concerns the experience of modern society – as shocking or natural, unresponsive or as an environment that we have the power to reshape – and how this experience is influenced by marginalization and by engagement in social movements and activism.
His theoretical background is in critical theory: Benjamin, Adorno, Habermas. He has also been interested in nationalism and historiography, with a focus on the treatment of WWII in German and Japanese historiography.

Specialist Fields
Social movements, empowerment, urban space and gentrification, the public sphere, collective trauma, and theories of modernity.

Current research
In 2013 Carl concluded the research project ”Freeter activism: civil society and social movements in contemporary Japan”, which focused on political activism among youth in contemporary Japan, in particular the so-called ”precarity movement”, and which led to the book Youth Movements, Trauma and Alternative Space in Contemporary Japan (Brill, 2013). Since 2013 he participates in the project ”The environmental movement in a globalizing world” in which he focuses on the environmental movement in Japan.

Latest publications

Corona hotar förvärra svenska bostadskrisen. 108 forskare: Sveriges regering och kommuner måste förhindra en katastrof.
Abdellah Abarkan, Jimmie Andersén, Björn Andersson, Roger Andersson, Karin Backvall et al.
Aftonbladet, Newspaper article 2020
Newspaper article

Counter-spaces, no-man’s-lands and mainstream public space: Representational spaces in homeless activism in Japan
Carl Cassegård
The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, The City and Urban Society, London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Individualized solidarity
Carl Cassegård
Eurozine, Magazine article 2018
Magazine article

The Post-Fukushima Anti-Nuke Protests and their Impact on Japanese Environmentalism
Carl Cassegård
Chiavacci D. & Obinger J. (red) Social Movements and Political Activism in Contemporary Japan: Re-emerging from Invisibility , Oxon, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Eco-Marxism and the critical theory of nature: two perspectives on ecology and dialectics
Carl Cassegård
Distinktion : Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, Journal article 2017
Journal article

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Skapandet av Japan och det japanska: Nationalism och minoriteter
Martin Nordeborg, Carl Cassegård
Japan nu: strömningar och perspektiv / Linus Hagström och Pia Moberg (red.), Stockholm, Carlsson bokförlag, Chapter in book 2012
Chapter in book

Play and Empowerment: The Role of Alternative Space in Social Movements
Carl Cassegård
Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies , Journal article 2012
Journal article

Längtan efter förändring: Sociala rörelser och medborgaraktivism i Japan
Carl Cassegård
Japan nu – Strömningar och perspektiv (red. Linus Hagström & Pia Moberg), Stockholm, Carlsson bokförlag, Chapter in book 2012
Chapter in book


The Public Sphere as Deliberation or Bracketing? Recent Direction in the Development of the Concept in Japan
Carl Cassegård
Cultural Translations (red. Noriko Thunman & Nanyan Guo), Conference paper 2011
Conference paper

Den japanska alternativrörelsen är både politisk och inte
Carl Cassegård
Tvärsnitt , Magazine article 2011
Magazine article

Sei no katari to Nihon no purekariâto undo
Carl Cassegård
Mirai kairo, Magazine article 2011
Magazine article

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