Ugo Corte

Professor i sosiologi

Det samfunnsvitenskapelige fakultet
Institutt for medie- og samfunnsfag


Ugo Corte received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Uppsala University, and he was an Erik Allardt Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.  His research on creative work, small groups and culture has been published in numerous outlets including major journals like Sociological Theory, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Sociological Forum.

His first ethnographic book, Dangerous Fun: The Social Lives of Big Wave Surfers (University of Chicago Press), won the 2023 Charles Horton Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI).  The book has been reviewed in journals like Contemporary Sociology, Social Forces, Sociología del Deporte, Symbolic Interaction, Cultural Sociology, Journal for the Study of Religion, and Public Books. 

Dangerous Fun has also been covered by Maui Time, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Hana Hou! (the in-flight magazine of Hawaiian Airlines).

His work with Patrik Aspers on the meaning of the "qualitative" feature of research has been published by Qualitative Sociology in 2019.  In 2021 the journal published a symposium issue based on the original piece.

At his new academic home, the University of Stavanger, he primarily teaches two courses: Mikrososiologi and The Sociology of Creativity, but he also participates as a lecturer in other courses like Kultursosiologi and a doctoral course on Advanced Qualitative Methods.

Since 2022 Ugo is a member of the Editorial Board of Sociologica: International Journal for Sociological Debate. 


Corte, Ugo. 2013. “A Refinement of Collaborative Circles Theory: Resource Mobilization and Innovation in an Emerging Sport, Social Psychology Quarterly 76(1):25:51.

John N. Parker and Ugo Corte (equal authorship). 2017. ”Placing Collaborative Circles in Strategic Action Fields: Explaining Differences between Highly Creative Groups.” Sociological Theory 35(4):261-287.

Fine, Gary Alan, and Ugo Corte. 2017. “Group Pleasures: Collaborative Commitments, Shared Narrative, and the Sociology of Fun.” Sociological Theory 35(1):64-86.  

Fine, Gary Alan, and Ugo Corte. 2022. “Dark Fun: The Cruelties of Hedonic Communities.” Sociological Forum 37(1): 70-90.

Aspers, Patrik and Ugo Corte. 2019. “What is Qualitative in Qualitative Research.” Qualitative Sociology 42:139–160.

Ugo Corte, John N. Parker, and Gary Alan Fine. 2019. “The Microsociology of  Creativity and Creative Work,” Introduction to the special issue on “The Social Psychology of Creativity.” Social Psychology Quarterly 82(4):333-339.