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Jan Jämte

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


Phone: +46 19 301043

Room: F2247

Jan Jämte

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About Jan Jämte

Jan Jämte (Ph.D Politicial Science) has a background as a journalist and as a teacher in upper secondary school. He is  currently an associate professor in social science at Örebro University.

Jämtes research runs along two main lines: 1) social movements, political activism, and the relationship between movement and institutionalized politics, and 2) processes to counteract racism and segregation. He has a particular interest in different forms of anti-racist work, both in the public sphere (education) as well as in civil society (social movements).

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Ongoing research projects

1. How to counteract racism in education (Vetenskapsrådet, 2017-2020)
This project seeks to empirically investigate different anti-racists actions developed and used by teachers. Both policy and the law are clear that schools should counteract racism and promote anti-racist ideals. However, it is not clear how different forms of racism are manifested and when and how schools should interfere. The expected result of this project is to contribute with valuable knowledge about how to counteract racism in education, based on knowledge of how different kinds of anti-racist action can be understood and used in schools to address different forms of racism

2. Anti-racist contention in the Baltic sea region (Östersjöstiftelsen, 2017-2021)
This project investigates the interplay between anti-racist activists, politicians, and civil servants during significant campaigns of the anti-racist movement in four countries of the Baltic Sea region: Finland, Germany, Poland, and Sweden. The study’s main goal is to contribute to a better understanding of the relation between contemporary social movements and established actors within the political system. In particular, the project aims to describe the key factors that promote or discourage contacts and collaboration between activists and politicians/civil servants.

3. Collaboration and conflict in prevention of violent extremism in Sweden (Forte, 2017-2021)
The aim of this project is to study how Swedish local social services, police and schools jointly work to implement national recommendations to counteract youth engagement in “violent extremism”, and how officials perceive their roles in this endeavour.

4. During 2018-2021 Jämte is also part of a research project, funded by Örebro muncipaility and Örebro university, that studies the consequences of a municipal policy decision aimed at ending school segregation and create conditions for increased goal achievement and integration.

5. In 2020-2022, he is also working on a project, funded by Arbetsförmedlingen, which studies how course participants at the so-called “Snabbspåret” (the ”fast track”), an education for teachers with a teaching degree from abroad, have experienced and been influenced by their education.

6. In 2021-2024, Jämte will be leading the research project Challenging Segregation through Education, funded by the Swedish research council that studies and compares various local initiatives to challenge school segregation.

Previous projects

Anarchists in the East and West (Östersjöstiftelsen, 2014-2018)
The purpose of the research project is to make a comparative analysis of anarchist and autonomist movements in four countries in the Baltic region – Denmark, Germany, Poland and Russia – focusing on their role in contemporary politics. In what respects can one find differences and/or similarities in how these countries’ movements have developed? How can differences or similarities be explained by structural openings or closures in the polities in question, both regarding the movements’ interplay with the state and other political actors, and their ability to intervene in conflicts over the dominant meanings of democracy and politics.

Radicalization and counter-radicalization (MSB, 2017-2019)
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Education and widening participation

 Jämte teaches within teacher education. He also supervise one PhD-student

During 2018-2020 (Sept), Jämte was the research leader for two post-doctoral students in the project "The Line Between Secondary and Higher Education”, that studied if and how the project Linje 14 contributed to broadened participation, and how students from non-academic backgrounds experienced their encounter with higher education.


Articles in journals |  Books |  Chapters in books |  Conference papers |  Doctoral theses, monographs |  Other |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Jämte, J. , Lundstedt, M. & Wennerhag, M. (2020). From Radical Counterculture to Pragmatic Radicalism? The Collective Identity of Contemporary Radical Left-libertarian Activism in Sweden. Journal for the Study of Radicalism, 14 (1), 1-36.
Jämte, J. , Kelekay, J. , Mulinari, L. S. & Sohl, L. (2020). Samhällsvetenskapliga perspektiv på Black Lives Matter/Social Science Perspectives on Black Lives Matter. Sociologisk forskning, 57 (3-4), 363-379.
Jämte, J. & Ellefsen, R. (2020). The Consequenses of Soft Repression. Mobilization, 25 (3), 383-404.
Arneback, E. & Jämte, J. (2017). Bredda förståelsen av rasism och antirasism i skolan. Skola och samhälle.
Jämte, J. (2012). Antirasismens brokiga historia. Expo: Demokratisk tidsskrift (1), 29-33.


Arneback, E. & Jämte, J. (2017). Att motverka rasism i förskolan och skolan (1ed.). Stockholm: Natur och kultur.

Chapters in books

Arneback, E. & Jämte, J. (2020). Bredda arbetet mot rasism: . In: Andreas Fejes & Magnus Dahlstedt, Perspektiv på skolans problem: - vad säger forskningen? (pp. 351-365). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
Jämte, J. (2018). Radical anti-fascism in Scandinavia: Shifting frames in relation to the transformation of the far right. In: Wennerhag, Magnus; Fröhlich, Christian & Piotrowski, Grzegorz, Radical left movements in Europe (pp. 248-267). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Jämte, J. & Sörbom, A. (2016). Why did it not happen here? The gradual radicalization of the anarchist movement in Sweden 1980–90. In: Knud Andresen, Bart van der Steen, A European youth revolt: European perspectives on youth protest and social movements in the 1980s (pp. 97-111). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Arneback, E. & Jämte, J. (2015). Rasism och antirasism i skolan. In: Carsten Ljunggren, Ingrid Unemar Öst & Tomas Englund, Kontroversiella frågor: om kunskap och politik i samhällsundervisningen (pp. 43-60). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.

Conference papers

Jämte, J. (2017). A withering storm?: The development of the Danish radical libertarian left 2000-2015. Paper presented at CBEES Annual Conference 2017: Competing futures - from rupture to re-articulation, Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden, November 30 - December 1, 2017.
Arneback, E. , Jämte, J. , Bergh, A. , Wiklund, M. , Englund, T. & Tryggvason, Á. (2017). Session: Att motverka rasism inom utbildningsväsendet . Paper presented at Rasism och Välfärd, CEMFOR, Uppsala, Sweden, October 11-13, 2017.
Arneback, E. & Jämte, J. (2015). Rasism och antirasism i samhällskunskapsundervisningen. Paper presented at Nordisk konferens i samhällskunskapsdidaktik, Karlstad, Sweden, March 16-18, 2015.

Doctoral theses, monographs

Jämte, J. (2013). Antirasismens många ansikten. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå universitet.


Jämte, J. & León Rosales, R. (2020). Arbete mot rasism i skolan. Stockholm: Forum för levande historia.(Prata Rasism)
Arneback, E. & Jämte, J. (2019). Att motverka rasism - onlinekurs.


Arneback, E. , Bergh, A. , Jämte, J. & Trumberg, A. (2021). En skola i integration? Lärdomar från Örebro kommuns arbete med styrd skolintegration. Örebro: Örebro University.
Jämte, J. & Wennerhag, M. (2019). Brottsförebyggande åtgärder mot radikala vänsterrörelser: effekter och erfarenheter. Karlstad: Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap (MSB 1370).
Jämte, J. (2012). Antirasism i skolan. Stockholm: Fritzes (Statens offentliga utredningar 2012:74).