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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 policing of transnational protest
Donatella Della Porta, Abby Peterson, Herbert Reiter
Aldershot, Ashgate, Edited book 2006
Edited book

Policing Transnational Protest: An Introduktion
Abby Peterson, Donatella Della Porta, Herbert Reiter
The Policing of Transnational Protest, Ashgate Publishing Company, Chapter in book 2006
Chapter in book

Minnesresor — mellan forsök att minnas och glömma
Abby Peterson
i D. Mulinari och R. Räthzel (red.) Bortom etnicitet. Umeå: Boréa Förlag., Borea Bokförlag 2006-02, Chapter in book 2006
Chapter in book

Policing Protest in Sweden and Denmark : A Comparison of Policing Styles, Their Outcomes and Their Consequences for Contentious Politics
Abby Peterson
chapter 9 in M. Björk and A. Peterson (eds.) Policing Contentious Politics in Denmark and Sweden. Authored chapters 1, 4, 5, 9., Masstricht: Shaker verlag, Chapter in book 2006
Chapter in book


'Policing Political Protest'
Abby Peterson, Donatella Della Porta
Edited book 2005
Edited book

Between the State and the Market: The Political Struggle between the Animal Rights Movement and the Fur Industry
Mattias Wahlström, Abby Peterson
Political Consumerism: Its Motivations, Power, and Conditions in the Nordic Countries and Elsewhere. Proceedings from the 2nd International Seminar on Political Consumerism, Oslo August 26-29, 2004, Conference paper 2005
Conference paper

Protestation politique et sommets transnationaux. Batailles pour lareconnaissance uax frontiéres
Abby Peterson
O. Fillieule and D. della Porta (eds.) la police des foules encontexte démocratique et autoritaire., Paris: Guillaime, Chapter in book 2005
Chapter in book


Contentious Politics and Transnational Summits : Reconnaissance Battles in the Frontier Lands
Abby Peterson
Il Dubio : Transnational Review of Political and Social Analysis, Journal article 2004
Journal article


Thoughts on Family, Gender, Generation and Class.
Anna-Karin Kollind, Abby Peterson
Göteborg, Göteborg University, Report 2003

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