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Sara Uhnoo

Senior lecturer

Sara Uhnoo
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 4788

Room number: F214
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 Sara Uhnoo

SARA UHNOO has worked at the Department of Sociology and Work Science since spring 2002, currently as a researcher and teacher. In 2011 Sara defended her doctoral thesis with the title ’The rules of violence. Young people’s talk about violence and fighting’. She is a part of the research group in criminology and the sociology of law.

Specialist Fields
Disaster volunteering, crisis management, voluntary policing, youth crime, youth violence, school fires, co-offending, gender and crime, the police and ethnic minorities, diversity work within the police, ethnic humour, social control, social problems, fear of crime, victimology, crime prevention, and qualitative methods.

Current research

Sara is currently working with the project Cooperation between Professionals and Volunteers in Disaster Management: The 2014 Forest Fire in the Västmanland Province of Sweden, together with Sofia Persson. The research looks at the nature, role and impact of the volunteer contribution in the fire-fighting and rescue effort, analysing how it helped or hindered disaster management and how cooperation between professional and volunteer efforts during disaster relief might be improved. The findings from the study will be analysed in light of existing research on disaster management, volunteerism in general, and volunteer activities during disasters, drawing upon research on professional organizations and cooperation as well. The study will contribute by improving our understanding of the role and functions of civil society/non-state actors in disaster management, of the structures and processes influencing the actions of professional groups and organizations, and of the possibilities and limits for cooperation between key actors in large-scale disasters.

Sara has just finished the project Police-citizen partnerships: Voluntary policing in Sweden, together with Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand. The purpose of the project was to explore voluntary citizen participation in policing in Sweden, looking in particular at the governance of voluntary policing in and through police-citizen
partnerships. The research focused on the relationships and interdependences between police and citizens, including the efforts by both parties to establish and maintain legitimacy in the eyes of
each other and the broader public while maintaining their own autonomy. The project contributed to existing theories of the governance of policing by developing a theoretical understanding of the governance of voluntary policing as taking place in and through police-citizen partnerships, and as characterized by negotiations of autonomy, authority, legitimacy, and accountability between the police and the citizens involved.

Sara presented her dissertation The Rules of Violence – young people’s talk about violence and fighting in spring 2011. The method of discourse analysis is used to explore how young people (re)produce, negotiate and understand rules and norms of violence in interviews. The young people’s moral work results in a variety of rules about the legitimate and illegitimate behaviour(s) in different types of conflict situations. The analysis focuses on some moral dilemmas and colliding norms. The youngsters’ local interpretations of e.g. “play fight”, “sibling fight” and ”youth fight” is compared with more hegemonic societal discourses about youth violence. The dissertation can be ordered at the bookstores online i.e. adlibris.com.

After finishing her dissertation Sara worked as a research assistant in the project ’Firesetting by children and juveniles – causes and prevention strategies’, financed by The Swedish Fire Research Board (Brandforsk). She examined court files and interviews professionals and juveniles about how and why juveniles set illegal fires. The study focused on school fires, co-offending, group dynamics and female firesetters.

Sara Uhnoo has also worked within the research programme ”Policing Ethnicity in a Diversified Sweden”, financed by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research. She analysed diversity work within the police and internal and external relations between the police and ethnic minorities.

Teaching and tutoring
Qualitative methods, social control, youth and crime, co-offending, fear of crime, victimology, constructions of social problems and feminist perspectives in criminology, ethnic minorities and diversity work within the police and crime prevention.

Selected publications

Hansen Löfstrand, C. & Uhnoo, S. (2018), Blurred boundaries and legal uncertainty in police-volunteer partnerships. Policing & Societydoi.org/10.1080/10439463.2019.1628754

Persson, S. & Uhnoo, S. (2019): Deliberate firesetting: hotspot schools as arenas and preventive actors, Nordic Journal of Criminologydoi.org/10.1080/2578983X.2019.1625614

Uhnoo, S. (2019). Ethnic Police Humor As Ethnic Boundary-Making In The Swedish Police Force, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, 7 (3): 173-188. 

Persson, S. & Uhnoo, S. (2018), I spänningsfältet mellan institutionella logiker - professionella och frivilliga vid Västmanlandsbranden, Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv, 62-79. journals.lub.lu.se/index.php/aoa/article/download/18019/16338/

Uhnoo, S. & Hansen Löfstrand, C. (2018). Voluntary policing in Sweden: media reports of contemporary forms of police–citizen partnerships, Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 19 (1): 41-60. www.tandfonline.com/eprint/D6UuzVjev9Ptvmh5XIJs/full

Uhnoo, Sara (2015). Starting a fire together: The dynamics of co-offending in juvenile arson, European Journal of Criminology, 13 (3): 315 -331. journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1477370815617189

Ekbrand, Hans & Uhnoo, Sara (2015). Juvenile Firesetting in Schools, Journal of Youth Studies, 18 (10):1291 -1308 doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2015.1039970

Uhnoo, S., Persson, S., Ekbrand, H., Lindgren, S.-Å. (2014). Juvenile school firesetting in Sweden: Causes and countermeasures. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention. 16 (1): 25-40. www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14043858.2014.989668

Hansen Löfstrand, C. & Uhnoo, S. (2014) Diversity Policing - Policing Diversity: Performing Ethnicity in Police and Private-Security Work in Sweden, Social Inclusion, 2(3): 75-87. http://www.cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/socialinclusion/article/view/40

Uhnoo, S. (2013). Within the ’tin bubble’. The Police and Ethnic minorities in Sweden. Policing & Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 25 (2): 129-149. www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10439463.2013.817995

Peterson, A. & Uhnoo, S. (2012). Trials of loyalty: Ethnic minority police officers as 'outsiders' within a greedy institution. European Journal of Criminology. 9 (4): 354-369. http://euc.sagepub.com.ezproxy.ub.gu.se/content/9/4/354.full.pdf+html

Uhnoo, S. (2017) Utvärdering av BODIL-projektet: Ett lokalt Bostad först-projekt i SDF Askim-Frölunda-Högsbo, Göteborgs stad 2014-2016. Göteborg: Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet. www.boendeportalen.goteborg.se/prod/fastighetskontoret/boendeportal/dalis2.nsf/vyFilArkiv/BODIL_slutrapp_170222.pdf/$file/BODIL_slutrapp_170222.pdf

Persson, Sofia & Uhnoo, Sara (2015). Brandutsatta högstadieskolor- problembilder, orsaker och åtgärder. Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet &Brandforsk. Brandforsk.www.brandskyddsforeningen.se/globalassets/brandforsk/rapporter-2000-2015/brandutsatta-hogstadieskolor-orsaker-preventiva-faktorer-och-effektiva-motatgarder/bf_203_131_rapport.pdf

Lindgren, S.-Å., Björk, M., Ekbrand, H. Persson, S. & Uhnoo, S. (2013). Barn/ungdomar som anlägger brand – orsaker och motåtgärder. Göteborg: Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap. http://www.anlagdbrand.se/sv/Documents/Barn_ungdomar%20som%20anl%C3%A4gger%20brand_orsaker%20och%20mot%C3%A5tg%C3%A4rder.pdf

Persson, S., Uhnoo, S., Ekbrand, H., Thodelius, C., Lindgren, S.-Å. (2013). Utvärdering av kommuners arbete mot anlagda skolbränder. Göteborg: Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap/Brandforsk. http://www.anlagdbrand.se/sv/Documents/Utv%C3%A4rdering%20av%20kommuners%20arbete%20mot%20anlagda%20skolbr%C3%A4nder.pdf

Uhnoo, S. & Peterson, A. (2011). Utvärdering om diskriminering, trakasserier och särbehandling av anställda med utländsk bakgrund inom polismyndigheten i Västra Götaland. Göteborg: Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap/Polismyndigheten i Västra Götaland.

Uhnoo, S. (2008). Ungdomars tal om rädsla för våld. Göteborg: Tryggare och mänskligare Göteborg. http://www.tryggaremanskligare.goteborg.se/pdf/publikation/Ungdomars_tal_om_radsla_for_vald.pdf


Backman, C., Uhnoo, S. & Wahlström M. (2018). Lärarpoddar i kriminologi, I: Hrastinski. S. (red.) Digitalisering av högre utbildning. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Backman, C., Uhnoo, S. & Wahlström M. (2018). Medskapande pedagogik på en introduktionskurs, I: Uhnoo, D. & Scherp, H.-Å. (red.) Medskapande högskolepedagogik. Lund: Studentlitteratur, s. 45-69.

Uhnoo, S. (2017) "Gratis är gott men stulet är godast"– moralarbete om snatteri på Flashback. I: Andersson, B., Pettersson, F. & Skårner, A. Den motspänstiga akademikern: festskrift till Ingrid Sahlin. Malmö: Égalité. www.egalite.se/currentBooks.asp

Uhnoo, S. & Ekbrand, H. (2017). Flashback för kriminologer. I: Mallén, A. (red.) Kriminologiska metoder och Internet. Stockholm. Liber. www.liber.se/Hogskola/Samhallsvetenskap/Sociologi/Kriminologi/Kriminologiska-metoder-och-internet/

Uhnoo, S. (2016). Ungas moralarbete om legitim våldsanvändning. I: Edling, C & Rostami, A. (red.), Våldets sociala dimensioner: Individ, relation, organisation. Lund: Studentlitteratur. www.studentlitteratur.se/#9789144115085/Våldets+sociala+dimensioner

Uhnoo, S. (2014). Genus i rätten – gestaltningar av kvinnors brottslighet tillsammans med män i mordbrandsdomar. I: Finstad, L. & Lomell, H. (red.), Motmaele. En antologi til Kjersti Ericsson, Cecilie Høigård og Guri Larsen. Oslo: Novus forlag. http://novus.mamutweb.com/Shop/Product/FinstadLomell-(red)-Motmæle/102646

Peterson, A & Uhnoo, S. (2013). The problem of Loyalty in Greedy Institutions, I: Miller, L. B. & Moore, W.C. (red.), The Psychology of Loyalty. New York: Nova Science Publishers. Full text: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=42916

Uhnoo, S. (2013). Inom den egna plåtbubblan. Polisen och etniska minoriteter. I: Peterson, A. & Åkerström, M. (red.), Den sorterande ordningsmakten. Studier av etnicitet och polisiär kontroll. Bokbox. bokbox.se/peterson-akerstrom-978-91-86980-60-3/

Uhnoo, S. (2012). Våldtagbara och (o)slagbara. I: Heber, A.,Tiby, E, & Wikman, S. (red.), Viktimologisk forskning. Brottsoffer i teori och metod, pp. 75-93. Lund: Studentlitteratur. www.studentlitteratur.se/#9789144073439/Viktimologisk+forskning

Uhnoo, S. (2011). Våldets regler. Om kompiskontroll vid ungdomsbråk. I: Larsson, B. & Engdahl, O. (red.), Social kontroll – övervakning, disciplinering och självreglering. Malmö: Liber. www.liber.se/Hogskola/Juridik/Offentlig-ratt/Kriminologi/Social-kontroll/

Uhnoo, S. (2010). Young and (un)safe. The Geography of Fear, Social Darkness and Spatial Confidence. I: Holgersson, H., Thörn, C., Thörn, H. & Wahlström, M. (red.), (Re)searching Gothenburg: essays on a changing city. Göteborg: Glänta.

Latest publications

The Rules of Violence: Young People’s Moral Work around Violence and Fighting
Sara Uhnoo
Policing Schools: School Violence and the Juridification of Youth. Lunneblad J. (red.), Cham, Springer , Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Ethnic Police Humor As Ethnic Boundary-Making In The Swedish Police Force
Sara Uhnoo
Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Partnerskap mellan polis och medborgare: Polisens volontärer och Missing People Sweden
Sara Uhnoo, Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand
Myndigheten för ungdoms- och civilsamhällesfrågor , Stockholm, Myndigheten för ungdoms- och civilsamhällesfrågor, Other 2018

Kursintroduktion som aktivt lärtillfälle
Christel Backman, Sara Uhnoo, Mattias Wahlström
Symposium Rum för lärande, 8-9 oktober, Västerås, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Hur värderar studenter lärarproducerade podcasts i relation till andra läraktiviteter?
Christel Backman, Sara Uhnoo, Mattias Wahlström
NU2018 Det akademiska lärarskapet, 9-11 oktober, Västerås, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Diskretion och dilemman vid krishantering
Sofia Persson, Sara Uhnoo
Refereegranskat abstract, medverkan med extended abstract samt muntlig presentation vid Nordpro (nordiskt nätverk för professionsforskning), Köpenhamn 2018-11-08, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Blurred boundaries and legal uncertainty in police-volunteer partnerships
Sara Uhnoo
Paper presentation at Eurocrim 2018, Sarajevo, Panel session: Policing, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

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Ungas moralarbete om legitim våldsanvändning
Sara Uhnoo
Våldets sociala dimensioner (red) Edling, Christofer & Amir Rostami, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book


Juvenile firesetting in schools
Hans Ekbrand, Sara Uhnoo
Journal of Youth Studies, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Juvenile school firesetting in Sweden: causes and countermeasures
Sara Uhnoo, Sofia Persson, Hans Ekbrand, Sven-Åke Lindgren
Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, Journal article 2015
Journal article


Gender in the legal system –constructions of female co-offending with male accomplices
Sara Uhnoo
Presenterades på Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Budapest, 2013-09-07. Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice Panel, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

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