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Organization profile

Organisation profile

CASTOR is a research group working on social differentiation as the academic basis and common denominator of a number of concrete research projects.  

Social differentiation can be hierarchical, but this is far from always the case – at least not in an unambiguous way. Social differentiation can thus be hierarchical/vertical, but also horizontal or functional. The question of social differentiation concerns classical sociological questions about the social dividing lines of society, conflicts, power and dominance, social change and social integration. In that sense, the members of CASTOR share a critical interest in the social distribution of power and privilege. 

Social differentiation does not only concern class. Other differentiation forms are also important in today’s society, e.g. gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality and education. CASTOR is interested in studying the importance and social consequences of these differentiation forms individually and/or in interplay. Furthermore, CASTOR is interested in the double existence of the differentiation forms, i.e. as components of identity, on the one hand, and as social structures, on the other. This means that, for example, class and gender can be analysed both as central to humans’ social identity (the way people understand themselves) and as overall social structures.

The members of CASTOR do theoretically informed empirical work. They conduct qualitative and quantitative research – if possible, using a combination of methods. Concrete research projects examine, among other things, whether and how different forms of social differentiation play a role in different areas of society – for example, in relation to citizenship, volunteerism, cultural consumption, trust, social competences, mobility, education, health care, violence, working life, health, family, parenthood, locality etc.

Through these empirical studies CASTOR wishes to challenge more general sociological stories of current social processes of change. Thus, CASTOR also examines the area of tension between social change and social reproduction, rupture and continuity.

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    MNcontact: Measuring intense migrant-native contact and its concequences

    Larsen, C. A., Diop, L. E. N., Qvist, H. Y., Larsen, J. F., Dahlberg, M. & Valentova, M.


    Project: Research

    Veteraner og maskuliniteter i forandring

    Christensen, A. P.


    Project: Research

    Research Output

    Ambivalences of temporary residency: Needs and imagined futures of public intellectuals

    Svensson, C. F., 2020, (Submitted) Refugee scholarship and refugee knowledges of Europe. Kmak, M. & Björklund, H. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  • Bidrag til Pierre Bourdieus retssociologi og den retlige transformationsproces

    Olesen, A. & Hammerslev, O., 2020, (Submitted) In : Praktiske Grunde: Nordisk tidsskrift for kultur- og samfundsvidenskab.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Civilsamfundet skal kæmpe mod forfølgelse af verdens intellektuelle

    Translated title of the contribution: Civil society must fight persecution of intellectualsSvensson, C. F., 14 Jan 2020, Altinget.dk.

    Research output: Other contributionCommunication

    Open Access



    Public intellectuals in transnational migration: Safety, precariousness and Nordic narratives of responsibility

    Christian Franklin Svensson (Lecturer)

    12 Aug 202014 Aug 2020

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

    Journal of South Asian Development (Journal)

    Christian Franklin Svensson (Peer reviewer)

    12 May 2020 → …

    Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

    Social Movements and Political Mobilisation in Times of Global Pandemic

    Christian Franklin Svensson (Participant)

    27 Apr 202028 Apr 2020

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation


    Press / Media

    Vi går måske og tror det - men er foreninger en dansk opfindelse?

    Lars Skov Henriksen


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Sådan ser foreningslivets økonomiske fremtid ud efter genåbningen

    Lars Skov Henriksen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media