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Åsa Boholm


Åsa Boholm
Professor in social anthropology
+46 31 786 5186

Room number: A316
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314 Göteborg

School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Åsa Boholm

  • PhD in social anthropology from University of Gothenburg (1983)
  • Associate professor in social anthropology ("docent" title), University of Gothenburg (1986)
  • Professor of social anthropology at the School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg (2000)
  • Professor of social anthropology at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg (2011)
  • Active as a researcher at the multidisciplinary research institute, Centre for Public Sector Research, University of Gothenburg (1996-2011), and director of the research program "Society and Risk" at CEFOS.

Areas of interest

Research fields range from historical anthropology, political symbolism, ritual and religion, to environmental anthropology and risk research, the latter including cultural dimensions and conceptual meanings of risk, and the communication, regulation and management of technological risks in the public domain.

Research focus is on collective beliefs and practices concerning values at stake, organizational and institutional forces and on the collusions and collisions of relative perspectives and rationalities salient in risk debates.

Areas of interest include regulation and policy issues in the public domain, contested localization of large scale facilities, environmentalism and concern for nature, public trust and citizen involvement, communication and rhetoric, and the role of science and technology in public deliberation and decision making. Regional specialization covers Sweden and Italy.

Current Research
Collaborats in the project NanoSphere: Centre for interaction and risk studies in Nano-Bio-Geo-Socio-Techno-sphere interfaces, led by Martin Hassellöv, researcher at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Gothenburg. The goal of this large multidisciplinary project is to achieve better risk assessment of nanotechnology.

The rapid and promising development of nanotechnology necessitates a simultaneous increase in knowledge about the risks of nanotech to human health, ecosystems and society. Evidence indicates that manufactured nanoparticles can have harmful effects, but knowledge about this is fragmented and sometimes contradictory. Various aspects of the development of risk management in society will be studied.

The project is conducted interdisciplinary with Chalmers University of Technology and brings together researchers from three faculties at the University of Gothenburg: natural science, medicine and social sciences.

Teaching and tutoring
 Do not teach at the moment.


Latest publications

Den svenska allmänhetens inställning till nanoteknik
Simon Larsson, Åsa Boholm
Sprickor i fasaden : SOM-undersökningen 2017, Göteborg, Göteborgs universitet: SOM-institutet., Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Cultural theory
Åsa Boholm
Companion to Environmental Studies, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

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Caccia di tori. Regeneration in Venetian carnival
Åsa Boholm
Journal of Mediterranean Studies , Journal article 1992
Journal article

The coronation of female death
Åsa Boholm
Man (n.s.), Journal article 1992
Journal article



Döden i Venedig. Karnevalen som ritual
Åsa Boholm
Ritual og performance, ed. J Östergård-Andersen, Århus, Kulturstudier 20, Center för Kulturforskning, Chapter in book 1989
Chapter in book


Symbolism of lights and candles in Renaissance Venice
Åsa Boholm
Symbolic textures: Studies in cultural meaning, ed. G. Aijmer, Göteborg, Gothenburg Studies in Social Anthropology 10, Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, Chapter in book 1987
Chapter in book


Swedish kinship: An exploration into cultural processes of belonging and continuity
Åsa Boholm
Göteborg, Göteborg University, Doctoral thesis 1983
Doctoral thesis


Släktskap, kontinuitet och identitet i tre samhällen: Oromo (Etiopien), Bakuba (Zaire) och Sverige
Åsa Boholm, Jan Hultin, Claes Josefsson
Antropologisk Forskning Ymer, 83, Stockholm, Sällskapet för antropologi och geografi, Chapter in book 1981
Chapter in book


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