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Friberg, T. (2022). An Expedition Between Innovation Politics and Anthropology. Malmö University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An Expedition Between Innovation Politics and Anthropology
2022 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In An Expedition Between Innovation Politics and Anthropology, Torbjörn Friberg systematically discusses and analyses several specific political phenomena, which are later drawn together to deliberate the general notion of ideology, power, and possible anthropological escape routes in the context of innovation politics. Drawing on fieldwork in the innovation political world (policy model, mediator company, networks, meetings, conferences, events, documents, observations, and interviews), Friberg reconsiders and develops the work of Laura Nader, Manuel DeLanda, Marilyn Strathern, Martin Holbraad, William Graham Sumner, Pierre Bourdieu, Ghassan Hage, and Eric Wolf. In line with this reasoning, Friberg considers the innovation political world as constituted by a new form of structural power and ideology: a political context in which the anthropological world becomes encapsulated by political processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö University Press, 2022
Series
Malmö University Studies in Ethnography and Phenomenology ; 1
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-54549 (URN)10.24834/isbn.9789178772933 (DOI)978-91-7877-292-6 (ISBN)978-91-7877-293-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-08-25 Created: 2022-08-25 Last updated: 2023-07-06Bibliographically approved
Friberg, T. (2021). Exploring tensionless ethnography (ed.). Ethnography, 22(2), 207-225
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring tensionless ethnography
2021 (English)In: Ethnography, ISSN 1466-1381, E-ISSN 1741-2714, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 207-225Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article attempts to elucidate tensionless ethnography against the backdrop of three contemporary processes: STS ethnography, innovation policies, and the Mode 2 society. An ethnographic approach was utilized to generate the initial problem of the ‘tensionless’, which is continuously resolved by close readings of research literature and documents on innovation policies. Tensionless ethnography is described as a method in which the conceptual objects and attitude are conceived as similar among the ethnographer and the Others. As the academic world of ethnography becomes an assimilated part of the world of policy and industry, it could be argued that we are about to lose a self-reflexive qualitative approach. Therefore, it seems urgent to re-establish an ethnographic world in which we can exercise critical inquires in innovation policy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2021
Keywords
innovation, policy, ethnography, worlds, tension, boundaries, self-reflexivity, critique
National Category
Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-4571 (URN)10.1177/1466138119859378 (DOI)000655113600005 ()2-s2.0-85068344252 (Scopus ID)30057 (Local ID)30057 (Archive number)30057 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Friberg, T. (2021). Modernism is the New Radical Alterity: Exploring the Dialectics of Anthropological Critique in Modernity. kritisk etnografi: Swedish Journal of Anthropology, 4(1), 57-73
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Modernism is the New Radical Alterity: Exploring the Dialectics of Anthropological Critique in Modernity
2021 (English)In: kritisk etnografi: Swedish Journal of Anthropology, ISSN 2003-1173, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 57-73Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is concerned with Ghassan Hage’s dialectics of anthropological critique—constituted by the tension between modernism and primitivism. Hage argues that modernethnographers who encounter other primitivist worlds become equipped with potential criticalthinking about politico-organisational matters of modernity. So far, so good. However, whatif there is a crisis of modernity, in the sense that “modern” political projects are inspired byprimitivism? As Strathern emphasises today, there seems to be a problem of pursuing the dialecticsof anthropological critique concerning the new imperialistic tendencies “at home”. Such a problem,I argue, can be observed by the emergence of the world of innovation politics that is constitutedby a form of primitivism. This leads to the question, How can we maintain the dialectics ofanthropological critique in the context of innovation politics? This article aims to explore thedialectics of anthropological critique by placing it in a dynamic, capitalist modern context

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography, 2021
Keywords
Critical anthropology, modernity, creativity, innovation politics, ethnography, inversion, Ghassan Hage
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-47188 (URN)
Available from: 2021-12-06 Created: 2021-12-06 Last updated: 2022-08-17Bibliographically approved
Friberg, T. (2019). Harmonization and Ethnographic Critique in the Context of Innovation Politics. kritisk etnografi: Swedish Journal of Anthropology, 2(1-2), 175-189
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Harmonization and Ethnographic Critique in the Context of Innovation Politics
2019 (English)In: kritisk etnografi: Swedish Journal of Anthropology, ISSN 2003-1173, Vol. 2, no 1-2, p. 175-189Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the intrinsic potential of ethnographic critique challenged inthe context of innovation political projects equipped with the harmonizing Triple Helix model.An ethnographic approach has been used to generate the initial problem of harmonization,which is discussed in relation to Henry Etzkowitz’ textual assumptions on harmonizationin the Triple Helix model, followed by two ethnographic cases concerned with the practicesof harmonization. Harmonization is described as making consistent different provinces ofmeaning or worlds, unrestricting them from conflicting structures of relevance. Therefore,the concluding remarks attempt to broaden the scope of critical ethnographic strategieswith the help of a Weberian differentiation between a political and a social scientific world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: SSAG, 2019
Keywords
Harmonization, Ethnography, Critique, Innovation Politics, Triple Helix
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-17259 (URN)
Available from: 2020-05-13 Created: 2020-05-13 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Friberg, T. & Englander, M. (2019). Taking Policy for Granted in the Context of Scientific Innovation (ed.). International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Taking Policy for Granted in the Context of Scientific Innovation
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Methods, E-ISSN 1609-4069, Vol. 18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this qualitative inquiry is to attempt to elucidate the policy attitude as it appears within the context of scientific innovation. A phenomenological anthropological approach to qualitative inquiry was utilized in order to explicate the human scientific meaning of a specific attitude driven by an interest in a sociocultural context. The policy attitude can be described as an attitude upholding a meaning based upon a collaborative ideal, marked by a hybridization of values and organizations. The policy attitude is thus submissive to political trends and business organizational structures, goals, and objectives. As the world of science becomes an integrated part of the world of policy and industry, it could be argued that policy attitude influences how we perceive knowledge, in which qualitative inquiry in the human sciences is by no means excluded.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
policy attitude, phenomenology, anthropology
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-4249 (URN)10.1177/1609406919831588 (DOI)000459484100001 ()2-s2.0-85062022045 (Scopus ID)27964 (Local ID)27964 (Archive number)27964 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Friberg, T. (2019). The Phenomenon of Collaboration in a Life Science Network (ed.). Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 8(2)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Phenomenon of Collaboration in a Life Science Network
2019 (English)In: Journal of Organizational Ethnography, ISSN 2046-6749, E-ISSN 2046-6757, Vol. 8, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to outline the operative meaning of collaboration in a life science network. Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected through participatory observations and interviews between 2014 and 2015. The data presented were derived from field notes from participant observations, interviews and documents within a life science network in the Öresund region (southern part of Sweden and the Copenhagen area). Findings: The findings suggest that collaboration within the life science network should be viewed as a lively, organizational assembly in the process of becoming, in contrast to the idea that it is operating on the basis of organic principles. Collaboration thus could be viewed as consisting of self-subsistent parts (participants and organizations) that are detached and plugged into different collaborative networks. Originality/value: In the context of the emerging idea of re-building the state welfare system with the economic support of producing and selling knowledge, there seems to be a growing interest, especially from the point of view of policymakers, in the phenomenon of collaboration. This paper offers exclusive ethnographic illustrations into the heterogeneity of collaboration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-4968 (URN)10.1108/JOE-03-2017-0013 (DOI)000475941900004 ()26095 (Local ID)26095 (Archive number)26095 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2022-04-22Bibliographically approved
Friberg, T. (2019). Trippelhelix, harmonisering och kritiskt motstånd (ed.). Forskning og Forandring, 2(2), 25-43
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Trippelhelix, harmonisering och kritiskt motstånd
2019 (Swedish)In: Forskning og Forandring, E-ISSN 2535-5279, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 25-43Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Artikeln syftar till att avtäcka de harmoniseringsprocesser som utgår från Trippelhelixmodellen. Detta för att öka medvetenheten om kritiskt motstånd bland universitetslärare. Då denna policymodell har som intention att söka harmonisera olikartade världar – universitetet, industrin och staten – är det relevant att studera dessa processer både textuellt och praktiskt. Artikelns kunskapsproduktion utgår från ett etnografiskt angreppssätt, som en generativ källa till det fenomen som undersöks (dvs. harmonisering utefter Trippelhelix-modellen). Mot bakgrund av det framväxande Mode 2-samhället pekar resultaten på policymakarnas möjligheter till att avväpna kritiskt motstånd. Implikationerna av denna analys visar på ett möjligt kritiskt motstånd för framtida universitetslärare.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to disclose the harmonisation processes that take their point of departure in the triple helix model of innovation, in order to increase awareness of critical resistance among university teachers. As this policy model intends to harmonise different sectors – universities, industry, and the state – it is relevant to study these processes both textually and practically. Knowledge production in this article is based on an ethnographic approach, as a generative source for the phenomenon under investigation (i.e., harmonisation according to the triple helix model). Against the backdrop of the emerging “Mode 2” society, the results outline policymakers’ prospects of disarming critical resistance. The implications of this analysis indicate possible critical resistance from future university teachers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cappelen Damm Akademisk, 2019
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-847 (URN)10.23865/fof.v2.1432 (DOI)30738 (Local ID)30738 (Archive number)30738 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2022-04-04Bibliographically approved
Friberg, T. (2018). From ethnocentrism to policy-centrism (ed.). Ethnography and Education, 13(4), 442-458
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From ethnocentrism to policy-centrism
2018 (English)In: Ethnography and Education, ISSN 1745-7823, E-ISSN 1745-7831, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 442-458Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article is a response to the methodological problems I experienced during fieldwork. It follows that the article is an experiment of creating alternative possibilities for thinking about ethnocentrism as a phenomenon in transformation in a contemporary, innovative, higher educational setting. Throughout the article, I argue for the acknowledgement of policy-centrism as a phenomenon that has transformed out of classic ethnocentrism. The first part provides a reflective ethnographic background, while the second part focuses on sociologist William Graham Sumner’s classical work in order to disclose the constitutive principles of ethnocentrism as a phenomenon. The three following parts will, thus, discuss the transformation of the phenomenon’s four overlapping principles: conceptual, political, relational and expressional. The concluding remarks problematise policy-centrism as an emerging phenomenon in the new innovation policy research context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
ethnocentrism, innovation policy, higher education, ethnography
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-4219 (URN)10.1080/17457823.2017.1365254 (DOI)000438400100003 ()2-s2.0-85027354559 (Scopus ID)23558 (Local ID)23558 (Archive number)23558 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Friberg, T. (2018). STS-forskare som sofistikerade policy-centriska samtidsuttryck (ed.). Tidsskriftet antropologi, 77, 147-154
Open this publication in new window or tab >>STS-forskare som sofistikerade policy-centriska samtidsuttryck
2018 (Swedish)In: Tidsskriftet antropologi, ISSN 0906-3021, Vol. 77, p. 147-154Article in journal (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Antropologforeningen, 2018
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-5456 (URN)26232 (Local ID)26232 (Archive number)26232 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Friberg, T. (2017). Legitimeringar av utbrändhet: På väg mot en socialpsykiatrisk forskningsansats (ed.). In: Magnus Englander, Karin Ingvarsdotter (Ed.), Magnus Englander, Karin Ingvarsdotter (Ed.), Socialpsykiatrins grunder: Människans villkor (pp. 93-112). : Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Legitimeringar av utbrändhet: På väg mot en socialpsykiatrisk forskningsansats
2017 (Swedish)In: Socialpsykiatrins grunder: Människans villkor / [ed] Magnus Englander, Karin Ingvarsdotter, Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2017, p. 93-112Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2017
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-8846 (URN)22325 (Local ID)9789140694546 (ISBN)22325 (Archive number)22325 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved
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