Activists 2004

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Hilma Holm - Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society

Magnus Wennerhag - Lund University, Department of Sociology

Johan Lindgren - Lund University, Department of Sociology

Henrik Nordvall - Linkoping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning

Adrienne Sörbom - Stockholm University, Department of Sociology

Research principal

Lund University - Department of Sociology rorId


The purpose of the study is to give a nuanced image of activists within the Global Justice Movement in Sweden. Based on a survey carried through at three Swedish local social forums in 2004, the study highlights some aspects of the activists within this contemporary movement: political attitudes, experiences of political action, and social and demographical background variables. The questions regarding political attitudes focus on attitudes towards globalization versus the national, institutional trust, degree of identification with the movement in question, attitudes towards activism in general, etc. The questions regarding political action focuses on membership in different types of organizations, degree of activism, experience of both transnational and other forms of political activism, etc. Some of the questions are similar to those being used in international surveys made during other social forums, and in general surveys addressing questions of political attitudes, trust and behaviour.


To give a nuanced image of activists within the Global Justice Movement in Sweden

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Activists, i.e. Social Forum participants in Göteborg, Skåne and Stockholm May 2004.

Time Method

Sampling procedure

Questionnaires were distributed to all passer-bys at the entrances to the most visited buildings of the event. The distribution of the questionnaires was spread over all the days that each forum lasted.

Time period(s) investigated

2004-05-06 – 2004-05-16



Number of individuals/objects


Response rate/participation rate


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2004-05-06 – 2004-05-16
  • Source of the data: Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Sociology


Linköping University

Stockholm University

Topic and keywords

Research area

International politics and organisations (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Political behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Social sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Sociology (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Political science (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Globalisation studies (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Social change (CESSDA Topic Classification)


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Wennerhag, M., Holm, H., Lindgren, J., Nordvall, H., & Sörbom, A. (2006) Aktivister : Sociala forum, globala sociala rörelser och demokratins förnyelse. Stockholm: Bokförlaget Atlas. ISBN 13: 978-91-7389-224-7. ISBN 10: 91-7389-224-6.
ISBN: 978-91-7389-224-7

Wennerhag, Magnus (2008). Global rörelse: Den globala rättviserörelsen och modernitetens omvandlingar. Bokförlaget Atlas. Tillgänglig på Internet:
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Sörbom, Adrienne & Wennerhag, Magnus (2008). Jag och resten av världen: Individuellt och kollektivt inom den globala rättviserörelsen.. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift.: 1, s. 3-32

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Published: 2014-07-16
Last updated: 2020-05-05