SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Gabriella Elgenius

BSocSci, MSc (Växjö), PhD (London)
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Gabriella Elgenius has been lecturing at SOAS on Understanding the Modern World (previously known as European Thought and Society) since 2000. She has a PhD from the Government Department at the London School of Economics & Political Science. 

Gabriella has an interest in identities and community-building with particular interest in nationalism and national identities in Europe and Diaspora communities, ethnic and religious identities in the UK. She works with 'mixed methods' and her publications often combine the use of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods. 

Gabriella currently works on two major projects:

  1. on the extent to which homeland matters for diaspora communities in Britain and
  2. on a project called Hard Times (with Anthony Heath) on the socio-economic effects of the recession.

Her recent monograph is entitled Symbols of Nations and Nationalism: Celebrating Nationhood and was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. 

Related and recent publications include: 

  • The Politics of Recognition: Symbols, Nation-building and Rival Nationalism. Nations & Nationalism. Issue 17.2., 2011; 
  • Aronsson & Elgenius, 2011. Building National Museums in Europe 1750-2010.  Linköping University Press; 
  • Successful Nation-Building and Ceremonial Triumph: Constitution Day in Norway. In McCrone & McPherson (eds.) National Days: Constructing and Mobilising National Identity. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009; 
  • Heath, Curtice & Elgenius, 2009. Individualisation and the Decline of Class Identity. In Margaret Wetherell (ed.) Identity in the 21st century: New Trends in Changing Times. Palgrave Macmilla; 
  • Heath, Martin & Elgenius. 2007. Who do we think we are? The decline of traditional social identities. In Park et al  (eds.), British Social Attitudes: the 23rd Report – Perspectives on a changing society. London: Sage for the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)