Orvar Löfgren

Orvar Löfgren (born 1943) is a Swedish professor emeritus of ethnology at Lund University in Sweden. Löfgren received his Ph.D. in European ethnology in 1978 for his dissertation, "Maritime hunters in industrial society: the transformation of a Swedish fishing community 1800-1970."[1] He was Professor of European Ethnology at Lund University from 1991 to 2008, and a visiting professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1983, 1986 and 1997.[2]

Orvar Löfgren

Among his contributions to ethnological research, Löfgren has been innovative in his broad views of source material. He has studied the everyday conditions of consumption, leisure, travel, tourism, adventure tourism, and cross-border transnational activities such as in the Öresund Region in connection with the Öresund Bridge.[3] He has also published on issues relating to the development of national identity in Sweden.[4][5] He is the author of ten books and dozens of articles in academic journals.[2]

Löfgren was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Copenhagen in 2008, and received the Gösta Berg medal the same year. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Letters and, since 1995, has been a foreign member of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters.[6][7]


  • Exploring Everyday Life: Strategies for Ethnography and Cultural Analysis (2015)
  • Coping With Excess: How Organizations, Communities and Individuals Manage Overflows (2014), with Barbara Czarniawska
  • Managing Overflow in Affluent Societies (2012), with Barbara Czarniawska
  • The Secret World of Doing Nothing (2010), with Billy Ehn
  • Double Homes, Double Lives? (2007)
  • Magic, Culture and the New Economy (2006), with Robert Willim
  • Off the Edge: Experiments in Cultural Analysis (2006), with Richard Wilk
  • Kulturanalyser (2001)
  • On Holiday: A History of Vacationing (1999)
  • Culture Builders: A Historical Anthropology of Middle-class Life (1987), with Jonas Frykman
  • Myter om svensken (1984), with David Gaunt


  1. ^ Löfgren, Orvar (1977). Fångstmän i industrisamhället. ISBN 9789140045645.
  2. ^ a b "Löfgren on lu.se, Lund University".
  3. ^ Löfgren, Orvar (2008). "Regionauts: the Transformation of Cross-Border Regions in Scandinavia". European Urban and Regional Studies. 15 (3): 195–209. doi:10.1177/0969776408090418. S2CID 143401780. Retrieved 2022-08-21.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  4. ^ Löfgren, Orvar (1991). "The Nationalization of Culture: Constructing Swedishness". Studia ethnologica Croatica. University of Zagreb. 3: 101–116. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  5. ^ Ehn, Billy; Löfgren, Orvar; Frykman, Jonas (1993). Försvenskningen av Sverige : det nationellas förvandlingar. Natur & Kultur. ISBN 9789127032859.
  6. ^ "Working Members". Kungliga Vitterhetsakademien. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Foreign Members - Ulkomaiset jäsenet - Foreign members" (PDF). Finska Sciences and Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015.

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