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Shamus Khan awarded the 2018 Hans L. Zetterberg Prize

Press release
5 June 2018

Professor Shamus Khan at Columbia University is the second recipient of the Hans L. Zetterberg Prize in Sociology. The prize sum is SEK 100,000.

Professor Shamus Khan at Columbia University is awarded the prize for his outstanding contributions to the study of elites. By turning our gaze towards the elite, Khan refers to classic sociology as well as contributes to the reinvigoration of research on stratification and inequality. Khan shows how the US elite functions, how it reproduces, and its role in modern society. Elite education has been central in his works. In addition, Khan studies the role of elites in the sphere of art.

The Hans L. Zetterberg Prize is awarded to “young researchers, from Sweden or elsewhere, who have advanced the research front with their academic work, preferably by fruitfully combining theory and practice”. The award shall be presented annually and considered international.

The prize ceremony will take place in Uppsala on September 27, 2018.

About the prize:
The award has been made possible through a donation from Hans L. Zetterberg’s family: his wife Karin Busch Zetterberg; son Martin C. Zetterberg and daughter Anne D. Zetterberg. The donation also covers furnishing and books in the Hans L. Zetterberg Room at the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University. Hans L. Zetterberg (1927–2014) studied sociology in Uppsala and was one of Torgny Segerstedt’s first students in the new subject which was first taught in Sweden in 1947. He worked at the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University for several years (Licentiate of Arts 1952).

For more information please contact: Patrik Aspers, Professor at the Department of Sociology, tel: + 46 18-471 5191, email: patrik.aspers@soc.uu.se