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Anton Törnberg


Anton Törnberg

Room number: F205
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 Anton Törnberg

Anton obtained his BA and MA degree in sociology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has previously worked as a research assistant within several projects at the Department of Physical Resource Theory at Chalmers University of Technology, and has been assegno di ricerca at the European Centre for Living Technology (ECLT) at Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Anton defended his doctoral thesis in 2017, titled: “The wicked nature of social systems – a complexity approach to sociology”. Available at: https://gupea.ub.gu.se/handle/2077/51507

Specialist Fields

  • Complexity Science/Theory
  • Methodology
  • Social media and Big data
  • Social Movement Theory
  • Critical/Complex Realism
  • Agent-based Modelling
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Automated Text Analysis
  • Philosophy of Science

Current research
Antons’ doctoral thesis investigates how the interdisciplinary field of Complexity Science can inform both sociological theory and methodological practice. Empirically the focus in the theses lies on digital data and social movements.
Starting in 2017, Anton is together with Mattias Wahlström, Hans Ekbrand and Petter Törnberg involved in a project focusing on extreme-right discourses in social media and the potential impact of such discourses on offline action. The project is titled: “Online social media as discursive opportunity structure for attacks against refugee housing facilities”. He also continues the research on the intersection between complexity theory and sociology, and develops tools for automated text analysis of digital data.

Anton has worked within several projects at the Department of Physical Resource Theory at Chalmers University of Technology, among others INSITE and the ED-FET project Emergence by Design: two research projects focusing on innovation dynamics and socio-technological change. Anton is also organizing an interdisciplinary PhD-course in Social Network Analysis together with two colleagues at Physical Resource theory. Anton has previously been a guest researcher at the University of Amsterdam, at ECLT in Venice and at UMASS, in Massachusetts, USA.

Latest publications

Minding the gap between culture and connectivity: laying the foundations for a relational mixed methods social network analysis
Petter Törnberg, Anton Törnberg
Mixed Methods Social Network Analysis: Theories and Methodologies in Learning and Education. Froehlich, D. E., Rehm, M., & Rienties, B. C. (Eds.), New York, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Dynamics of violent and dehumanizing rhetoric in radical right social media
Mattias Wahlström, Anton Törnberg, Hans Ekbrand
14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Manchester, United Kingdom, 20 – 23 August 2019, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Wicked systems and the friction between “old theory and new data” in biology, social science and archaeology (in press)
Claes C, Anton Törnberg, Petter Törnberg
Beyond the Meme: Development and Structure in Cultural Evolution, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

“A beating is the only language they understand”: Dynamics of violent rhetoric in radical right social media
Mattias Wahlström, Anton Törnberg, Hans Ekbrand
C-REX Nordic Conference on Violent Extremism, 29-30 November, Oslo, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

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An evolutionary developmental approach to cultural evolution
Claes Andersson, Anton Törnberg, Petter Törnberg
Current Anthropology, Journal article 2014
Journal article


Resistance Matter(s): Resistance Studies and the Material Turn
Anton Törnberg
Resistance studies magazine, Journal article 2013
Journal article


Using Complexity Theory Methods for Sociological Theory Development.
Petter Törnberg, Anton Törnberg
Göteborg, Chalmers University of Technology, Other 2011

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