Ulf Hannerz

Ulf Hannerz
Born (1942-06-09) June 9, 1942
Malmö, Sweden
Residence Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Fields Anthropology
Institutions Stockholm University
Alma mater Stockholm University (Ph.D.)
Known for Creolization  Global Ecumene  Cosmopolitanism
Notable awards Anders Retzius Medal in Gold (2010)

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]

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

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]


(1992) Culture, Cities and the World (1986, with Ulla Wagner) Anthropology of Immigration in Sweden

Further reading


  1. Ulf Hannerz, Professor Emeritus, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. Website accessed September 15, 2011.
  2. 1 2 Key Figures in Creole Studies - Ulf Hannerz, Warwick University Department of Sociology website, accessed September 15, 2011
  3. "The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: Ulf Hannerz". Retrieved 2009-05-01.
  4. 1 2 Hannerz profile at the University of Oslo
  5. 051 Matory To Join Duke Faculty, The Harvard Crimson, September 16, 2008
  6. 1 2 SVT 50 år : Klippsk kille, 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
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