Ulf Hannerz Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulf_Hannerz

Ulf Hannerz
Born (1942-06-09) June 9, 1942 (age 80)
Malmö, Sweden
Alma materStockholm University (Ph.D.)
Known forCreolization • Global Ecumene • Cosmopolitanism
AwardsAnders Retzius Medal in Gold (2010)
Scientific career
InstitutionsStockholm University

Ulf Hannerz, (born June 9, 1942, in Malmö) is a Swedish anthropologist. He is currently an emeritus professor of social anthropology at Stockholm University.[1] He is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.,[2][3] the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Hannerz's research interests includes urban societies, local media cultures, transnational cultural processes, and globalization. His works Soulside and Exploring the City are classic books in the area of urban anthropology.[4]

Hannerz is the author of “Cosmopolitans and Locals in World Culture” (1990). His theory essentially explores cosmopolitanism from the analysis of expatriates.

In 2000, Hannerz delivered the Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture at the University of Rochester,[2] considered by many to be the most important annual lecture series in the field of Anthropology.[5]

In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo.[4]

The 10,000 Kronor Question[edit]

Ulf Hannerz as a boy, appearing in Kvitt eller dubbelt, with Nils Erik Bæhrendtz, January 12, 1957[6]

Hannerz gained some notability as a child, when he appeared on the first episode of the television game show Kvitt eller dubbelt - 10.000 kronorsfrågan (literally: Double or Nothing - The 10,000 Kronor Question), which was based on the American television show The $64,000 Question.[7] In the first episode, aired on 12 January 1957, 14-year-old Hannerz presented by his nickname Hajen (The Shark), was quizzed on the subject "tropical aquarium fish". Hannerz succeeded in winning 10,000 Kronor in spite of a judgement error in the program. The judge asked him which of the seven displayed fish had lids. He answered "hundfisk" (mudminnow). "No," the judge said, "it's slamkrypare (mudskipper)." He wanted to dismiss young Ulf from the game show. However, Ulf Hannerz was indeed correct, and the name slamkrypare (mudskipper) entered the Swedish language as a term for a cocksure, but incorrect, assertion.[6][8]


  • (1969, 2004) Soulside: Inquiries into Ghetto Culture and Community 2004: ISBN 0-226-31576-2
  • (1974) Caymanian Politics: Structure and Style in a Changing Island Society
  • (1980) Exploring the City: Inquiries Toward an Urban Anthropology, ISBN 0-231-08376-9
  • (1992) Cultural Complexity: Studies in the Social Organization of Meaning
  • (1996) Transnational Connections: Culture, People, Places
    • (1998) Spanish translation: Conexiones transnacionales - Cultura, gente, lugares, ISBN 84-376-1629-8
    • (2006) Polish translation: Powiązania transnarodowe: kultura, ludzie, miejsca, ISBN 83-233-2183-3
  • (2000, with Kjell Goldmann, Ulf Hannerz, Charles Westin, eds.) Nationalism and Internationalism in the Post-Cold War Era
  • (2000) Flows, Boundaries and Hybrids: Keywords in Transnational Anthropology
  • (1992) Culture, Cities and the World
  • (1986, with Ulla Wagner) Anthropology of Immigration in Sweden
  • (2004) Foreign News: Exploring the World of Foreign Correspondents
  • (2010) Anthropology's World: Life in a Twenty-First Century Discipline ISBN 978-0-7453-3047-1
  • (2016) Writing Future Worlds: An Anthropologist Explores Global Scenarios. New York.
  • (2017) Small Countries: Structures and Sensibilities. (ed., with Andre Gingrich) Philadelphia.
  • (2019) World Watching: Streetcorners and Newsbeats on a Journey through Anthropology. London.
  • (2021) Afropolitan Horizons: Essays toward a Literary Anthropology of Nigeria.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Ulf Hannerz, Professor Emeritus, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. Website accessed September 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Key Figures in Creole Studies - Ulf Hannerz Archived 2012-10-14 at the Wayback Machine, Warwick University Department of Sociology website, accessed September 15, 2011
  3. ^ "The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: Ulf Hannerz". Retrieved 2009-05-01.[dead link]
  4. ^ a b Hannerz profile at the University of Oslo
  5. ^ 051 Matory To Join Duke Faculty, The Harvard Crimson, September 16, 2008
  6. ^ a b SVT 50 år : Klippsk kille Archived 2011-12-18 at the Wayback Machine, Swedish Television (Swedish language), accessed September 15, 2011
  7. ^ Schulman Allan, Såg du?: TV vi minns under tjugofem år : en bildkrönika. Höganäs: Bra böcker, 1980
  8. ^ Södra Ängby - trädgårdsstad i funkis, Gunnar Olofgörs et al, Stockholm : Stockholmia, 2001