Sociological Analysis – General and Applied Research

  • Kroghstræde 5

    9220 Aalborg Øst


Organization profile

Organisation profile

Research Strategy for SAGA – Sociological Analysis; basic and applied research.

SAGA is a sociological research group based at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University. SAGA purpose is to shed light on sociological problems and phenomenons of contemporary society. The research questions of SAGA relates to questions on identity, normality and deviance. The research group embraces micro-sociological research of the everyday life; constructions of identity; meaning and diagnosis of contemporary culture.

Theory and methods of SAGA.

SAGA is a multidisciplinary research group that applies theories from cultural studies, social psychology, criminology and philosophy. The research group has a high expertise within the field of micro sociology and sociology of emotions. This is reflected in teaching and publications of the group.

The research group values methodological curiosity in studies of the multiplicity of everyday life and living, creation and constructions of identity. The research group is characterized by qualitative approaches based within a phenomenological or hermeneutical paradigm e.g. sociological ethnography, observations, narrative analysis of interviews, video analysis and analysis of documents. SAGA prioritizes sociological sensitivity and openness in exploring sociological problems. The members of the research group have a common interest in empirical findings analyzed from explorative approaches.


SAGA’s research areas

Social pathologies and the culture of diagnosis (Anders Petersen)

Crime and deviance; violence and sexual violence (Marie Bruvik Heinskou, Inger Glavind Bo)

Sociology of emotions and micro-sociology; Research in grief, hope, anger, love, sex and shame are strong fields of research (Inger Glavind Bo, Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Marie Bruvik Heinskou, Louise Lund Thomsen, Vibeke Poulsen Graven)

Sociology of death and sorrow (Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Anders Petersen, Vibeke Poulsen Graven, Louise Lund Holm Thomsen)



Social constructions of identity in modernity (Anders Petersen, Inger Glavind Bo, Michael Hviid Jakobsen, Marie Bruvik Heinskou)

Multidimensional perspectives on social class, inequality, education and health (Trond Beldo, Louise Lund Holm Thomsen)


Communication and Social Impact

The actuality of the research topics in SAGA entails a wide range of communication activities. SAGA values research that influences broad areas of society eg.  discussions on law and law changes in criminal law; counselling and public campaigning. The members of the research group value participation in news and debates through written and spoken media and through speaks and panels. The communication strategy of the research group is broad and aims at reaching both national and international academia.







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Projects 2000 2022

Research Output 1998 2020

'Clap alomg if you feel like a room without a roof': Understanding the pursuit of happiness as ideology

Petersen, A., 2020, I N. Hill, S. Brinkmann, & A. Petersen (red.), Critical Happiness Studies (s. 35-48). London: Routledge.. Routledge, p. 35-47 18 p.

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

Critical happiness studies: An invitation

Hill, N., Brinkmann, S. & Petersen, A., 2020, Critical Happiness Studies. London: Routledge, p. 1-19 19 p.

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

Critical Happiness Studies

Hill, N., Brinkmann, S. & Petersen, A., 2020, London: Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review


Uglens kald – Bogpris fra Aalborg Universitetsforlag

Annette Quinto Romani (Recipient), Inger Glavind Bo (Recipient) & Casper Feilberg (Recipient), 20 Nov 2018

Prize: Other prizes


Årets Underviser 2016 - Folkeuniversitetet i Aalborg

Anders Petersen (Recipient), 15 Feb 2017

Prize: Educational prizes

Activities 1999 2019

Besøg og udvekslings seminar mellem Universitetet Sørøst-Norge og Institut for sociologi og socialt arbejde, Aalborg Universitet. : Fremtidig samarbejdsinteresse

Mette Rømer (Organizer), Maja Lis Lundemark Andersen (Participant), Annette Olesen (Participant), Trond Beldo Klausen (Participant), Marlene Spanger (Participant)
19 Jun 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars


The Journal of Social Psychology (Journal)

Annette Quinto Romani (Peer reviewer), Inger Glavind Bo (Peer reviewer), Bent Egberg Mikkelsen (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch


Press / Media

Debat: Muligt at skabe dialog

Anders Petersen


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Frygten ankom før virussen

Michael Hviid Jacobsen


3 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Debat: Ungestrategi sætter ny retning

Anders Petersen


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media