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Agneta Mallén

Agneta Mallén

Senior Lecturer

Agneta Mallén

Criminality, incarceration and control in Nordic Island societies: The Faroe Islands, The Åland Islands, Iceland and Greenland.


  • Agneta Mallén
  • Annemette Nyborg Lauritsen
  • Hedda Giertsen
  • Helgi Gunnlaugsen

Summary, in English

There are large differences between the four Nordic island societies in culture, and also on how they have achieved autonomy/independence and to what extent this is implemented. They have more characteristics in common than they have with the remaining Nordic countries: Small populations that live in secluded island societies, geographically isolated from other countries; rough living conditions and highly dependant on nature forces. In such small societies people are visible to each other, mutual dependent and daily life is subject to strong traditions. To various degrees they fight for autonomy and independence. All these characteristics may influence how these islands societies handle conflicts, how they perceive crimes, and how they work out their local policy on conflicts and crime.
There is some criminological research about Iceland, and just very little about Greenland, and even less criminological research on The Faroe Islands and The Åland Islands.
As the intention of the working group is to bring forward knowledge about variations and similarities on crime, incarceration and control in these four island societies, we intend to arrange a working group seminar focusing on these themes, and to establish a network of Nordic researchers who are interested in this theme


  • Sociology

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Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)