University of Stavanger
Ugo Corte is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Stavanger, Norway. He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at Uppsala University in 2012 and was an Erik Allardt Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2017-2018). His research focuses on creative work, group dynamics, voluntary risk-taking, and the sociology of fun, and cruelty. As an ethnographer, he is working on a book project on the social world of big wave surfing (under contract, University of Chicago Press). He has also written on qualitative methods and one of his newest papers—co-authored with Patrik Aspers, and published in Qualitative Sociology in 2019, addresses the question of “what is qualitative in qualitative research.” Together with John N. Parker and Gary Alan Fine he is finishing to edit a special issue of the Social Psychology Quarterly on the “social psychology of creativity.” His research has been published in journals like Sociological Theory, The Social Psychology Quarterly, Qualitative Sociology, Music and Arts in Action, Teaching Sociology, Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, and on Einaudi.
In this talk I present the concept of collaborative circles (Farrell 2001): small groups who blend friendship dynamics with occupational goals. I discuss how this approach fits within microsociology, and how to better understand their composition, how they form, and how they operate, we need to take into account the strategic action fields (Fligstein and […]