Having been educated in the U.S., I returned to Sweden in 1980 and have been professionally active here since then. Most broadly, my work focuses on media and democracy, from the horizons of late modern social and cultural theory. More specifically, I often address the theme of democratic participation, in particular in relation to the digital media. I explore factors that can both promote and hinder civic engagement. Active in European academic networks and events, I have also been a visiting scholar at several universities, especially in France, as well as in Scotland, South Africa, and the U.S. My recent publications include Media and Political Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2009), the co-edited volume Young People, ICTs and Democracy (Nordicom, 2010), as well as a series of journal articles and book chapters.


About the research

In recent years, I have been exploring a variety of themes that cluster around the idea of civic involvement in the political process, and the significance of the media in this regard. This work has been framed by a number of conceptual horizons, including theories of the public sphere and of the socio-cultural transitions of late modernity. The notion of identity has also had a central place, especially as it pertains to the emergence of a civic or political self. Thus, with an emphasis on the shifting contingencies of power relations, I probe the relations between on the one hand, social and cultural forces including the media, on the other, the terrain of subjectivity. To this I add perspectives on the crises of democracy, and the changing character of politics not least in regard to the emergence of new forms of political engagement and civic practices.
I pursue these trajectories at both analytic and concrete levels. Among the topics I address have been the specific circumstances of young citizens, the evolution of public intellectuals, the use of media in strategies of protest, the changing circumstances of journalism, the significance of cosmopolitanism as an analytic lens for globalised participation, and the subjectivity of civic agency.


Books (2)
Editorships (2)
Articles (20)
Book chapters (28)
Encyclopaedia entries (1)
Conference contributions (1)
Reports (1)
Reviews (6)
Supervision at Lund University (8)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications

Peter Dahlgren

Professor Emeritus
Media and Communication Studies
Department of Communication and Media

Contact information

E-mail peter.dahlgrenkom.luse

Phone +46 46 222 40 18

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Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 117, 221 00 Lund

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