Neoculturation of Life-modes

– during the Current Transformation of State System and the World Economy – the Challenges, Variations and Changes in Cultural Life-modes

Center for Sustainable Lifemodes has established a partnership with Centre for State and Life-mode Analysis on the study of neoculturation processes. These processes show how life-modes react on changes in their conditions of existence and develop new features of praxis and ideology in firms, organizations, families, and the everyday life of individuals. Currently the project staff is researching the interactions and contrasts between different life-modes’ neoculturation under the state system and the world economy’s change from the 1970s up until today. Fieldwork is carried out in Denmark, China, Poland, Spain, and Ireland. The publications worked on in the project build on earlier research in Salling, Denmark, published in the book “Det glemte folk” (The Forgotten People), and the project staff is working on a English publication about “the paradox of temporality” in modern capitalism and the interaction between new varieties of the capitalist mode of production and the sovereignty work of states. This includes empirical studies of the development of sustainable kinds of fisheries and agriculture. These studies contribute to the research of how ways of producing, ways of organizing, and ways of effecting political processes of decision-making develop in a complicated interplay with, and defense against, the capitalist development. (


Contribution to the ethnological understanding of life- and state modes. Theoretical, present and historical descriptions of people’s life modes, their conditions and the relationships between these:





  • Thomas Højrup, ethnologist, Centre for Sustainable Lifemodes, project manager
  • Niels J. Nielsen, ethnologist, University of Copenhagen
  • Jeppe Høst, ethnologist, Centre for Sustainable Lifemodes and University of Copenhagen
  • Sigrid Leilund, ethnologist, University of Copenhagen
  • Klaus Schriewer, ethnologist, Centro de Estudios Europeos de la Universidad de Murcia
  • Gry Søby, ethnologist, University of Copenhagen