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David Eric John Herbert

Professor, Associate Professor in Sociology
  • E-mailDavid.Herbert@uib.no
  • Phone+47 79 14 91 57
  • Visitor Address
    Rosenbergsgaten 39
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

My research interests focus on migration and the ethnic and religious diversity and the social challenges and opportunities created (e.g. multiculturalism, populism, Islamophobia) in contemporary cities. I have worked on projects in Belfast, London, Copenhagen, Oslo, Kristiansand, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Krakow and Leipzig. I have used several methods to investigate this field, including surveys, interviews, ethnography and social media analysis. Two recently completed projects (I am still writing up publications!) are Cultural Conflict 2.0 (https://cc2.mediated.eu/) - which examined how social media reshapes social relations in cities in Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands - and Reaching for a New Sense of Connection (https://research.kent.ac.uk/understandingunbelief/research/research-projects-2/herbert-and-bullock/), which investigated how young people with no religion are finding new ways to connect with each other around existential and political questions in ten European cities.

SOS119 Global Cities: an introduction to urban sociology for the 21st century

  • Show author(s) 2020. Social Media and Spatial Justice: Instagram, place and recursive logics if exclusion in Northern European cities. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Reaching for a new sense of connection: soft atheism and ‘patch and make do’ spirituality amongst nonreligious European millennials. Culture and Religion. 21 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2019. “When You Live Here, That’s What You Get”: Other-, Ex-, and Non-Religious Outsiders in the Norwegian Bible Belt. Religions. 1-16.
  • Show author(s) 2018. The Legacy of the Good Friday Agreement Northern Irish Politics, Culture and Art after 1998. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Introduction. 1-14.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Cultural Conflict 2.0. .
  • Show author(s) 2018. Attitudes: Tendencies and Variations. 17 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Social Media and Multicultural City: A North European Comparison.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Political Culture 2.0? Religion, Migration, Social Media and the Public Sphere in Denmark and Norway 2006-16.
  • Show author(s) 2016. On Lefebvre and Instagram: Spatial Justice in the Network Society.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Causes of the Dutch multicultural reversal: A cautionary tale about being too democratic in the media age. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Theorising Religious Republicisation in Europe: Religion, Media and Public Controversy in the Netherlands and Poland . 17 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Theorising Cultural Conflict 2.0: a Lefebvrian approach to the dynamics of religio-cultural conflict.
  • Show author(s) 2015. The Mediatisation of Cultural Conflict in N European Multicultural Cities.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Religion, Detraditionalization and Backlashes Against Multiculturalism in Northern Europe: a Comparison of Dutch, Northern Irish and English Cases .
  • Show author(s) 2014. Racism in the Netherlands: a social scientific analysis of the dynamics of the Dutch Multicultural Backlash . Frame Journal of Literary Studies.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Gay Men’s Interpretation of the Bible. III: Islam. . In:
    • Show author(s) 2014. Encyclopedia of the Bible and its reception : 9 : Field - Gennesaret.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Social media and religious change. Walter de Gruyter (De Gruyter).
  • Show author(s) 2013. Religion and Civil Society: theoretical reflections. 33 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Paradise Lost? Islamophobia, Post-liberalism and the Dismantling of State Multiculturalism in the Netherlands: the role of mass and socal media. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Introduction: Social Media and Religious Change. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Creating Community Cohesion: religion, media and multiculturalism.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Arguing about religion: BBC World Service Internet forums as sites of postcolonial encounter. Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 519-538.
  • Show author(s) 2012. What Kind of Global Conversation? Participation, democratic deepening a nd public diplomacy through BBC World Service online forums: an examina tion of mediated global talk about religion and politics. 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Spectacular and Banal Activism:Islam, Islamophobia, and the role of social and mass media in Dutch culture wars.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Religion, Mediatization and Politics: Islam and crises of multiculturalism in the UK, Netherlands and France.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Media and the Collapse of Dutch Multiculturalism: a cautionary tale about being too democratic in the media age.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Diasporas and diplomacy: cosmopolitan contact zones at the BBC World Service, 1932-2012. Routledge.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Civil Society. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Why has religion gone public again? Towards a theory of media and religious re-publicization.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Theorising Religion and Media in Contemporary Societies: an Account of Religious "Publicisation". European Journal of Cultural Studies. 626-648.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Editorial: Special Issue on Religion, Media and Socio-cultural Change. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 601-609.
  • Show author(s) 2011. A Sociological Perspective on the Public Signficance of Religion: from Secularization to 'Publicization'. 30 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2010. The Mumbai attacs and diasporic nationalism: BBC World Service online forums as conflict, contact and comfort zones. South Asian Diaspora. 109-129.
  • Show author(s) 2010. The Impact of the Nordic network for the mediatization of religion and culture on media studies and sociology of religion in the Nordic context.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Secularisms as cultural and political formations: their implications for the co-existence of religions in contemporary multi-religious civil societies.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Religion in the Public Sphere: an Appraisal of Theory.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Religion in Public Life: Must Faith Be Privatised? Religion, State and Society. 427-430.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Public Sphere or Public Screen? An Analysis of Forums Discussing Religion Linked to BBC World Service News and Current Affairs Programmes.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Pragmatic Pluralism: a Critical Evaluation of 'Faith' in UK Government Community Cohesion Policies 2001-10.
  • Show author(s) 2010. 'European Enlargement, Secularisation and Religious Republication in Central and Eastern Europe'. 17 pages.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Some recent publications:

2020 ‘Social Media and Spatial Justice: Instagram, Status Competition and the Deepening of Urban Exclusion in Northern Europe’ Chapter 2 in Spatial Justice in the City ed. Sophie Watson (London: Routledge), see: https://books.google.no/books/about/Spatial_Justice_in_the_City.html

2019 “Religion and The Dynamics of Right Wing Populism in Poland: Impacts, Causes, Prospects”. Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe 12 (1): 23-37. doi: https://doi.org/10.20413/rascee.2019.12.1.23-37

2019 ‘Legacies of 1998: What Kind of Social Peace Has Developed in Northern Ireland? Social Attitudes, Inequality and Territoriality’ in Charles Armstrong, David Herbert and Jan Eric Mustad The Legacy of 1998: Northern Irish Politics, Culture and Art after the Good Friday Agreement. (London: Palgrave MacMillan, Compromise After Conflict Series)

2019 ‘A Different Dynamic? Explaining Prejudice Against Muslims in the Russian Federation: Islamophobia or Internalized Racial Hierarchy?’  EEGA Leibniz Science Campus Special Issue 1: 45-53.

2019 with Fisher-Høyrem, S. ‘“When You Live Here, That’s What You Get”: Other-, Ex-, and Non-Religious Outsiders in the Norwegian Bible Belt’ Religions 2019, 10, 611; doi:10.3390/rel10110611

2018 with Janna Hansen, ‘‘You are no longer my flesh and blood’: Social Media and the Negotiation of a Hostile Media Frame by Danish ‘Reverts’ to Islam’ Nordic Journal of Religion and Society. 31 (1): 4-21 (anonymous peer reviewed)

2018 ‘Perspectives: Theorizing Mediatized Civic Settings and Cultural Conflict in Scandinavia’ in K. Kundby ed. Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflict in Scandinavia (New York: De Gruyter) 155-170 (anonymous peer reviewed)

2018 with Janna Hansen, ‘Life in the Spotlight: How Danish Muslims Cope with a Hostile Media Frame’ in K. Kundby ed. Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflict in Scandinavia (New York: De Gruyter) 205-223 (anonymous peer reviewed)

2018 with Mia Lövheim, Haakon Jernsletten, Knut Lundby, Stig Hjarvard, ‘Attitudes to Religious Diversity: A Survey and Comparisons’ in K. Kundby ed. Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflict in Scandinavia (New York: De Gruyter). 33-50 (anonymous peer reviewed)

Cultural Conflict 2.0  - https://cc2.mediated.eu/

Reaching for a New Sense of Connection - https://research.kent.ac.uk/understandingunbelief/research/research-proj...