Sverige: samhälle och kultur, 7.5 högskolepoäng

Giltig fr.o.m.: VT2021
Giltig t.o.m.:
Beslutsdatum: 2020-11-19
Beslutad av: Ämnesrådet i historia

Obligatory course literature:

Almqvist, Kurt & Glans, Kay, eds. The Swedish Success Story? (Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, 2004), ca 100 pages.

Byström, Mikael and Frohnert Pär, eds. Reaching A State of Hope: Refugees, Immigrants and the Swedish Welfare State, 1930-2000. Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2013. Chapters from the E-book: Byström, Mikael & Frohnert, Pär. “Introduction I”, pp. 42-59. Åmark, Klas. “Sweden and the Refugees, 1933–45”, pp. 60-84. Kvist Geverts, Karin. “A Foreign Element within the Nation: Swedish Refugee Policy and Jewish Refugees in an International Perspective, 1938–45”, pp. 85-107. Johansson, Christina. “Beyond Swedish Self-image,” pp.441-472.

Childs, Marquis W. Sweden. The Middle Way. The Story of a Constructive Compromise between socialism and Capitalism. Yale University Press, 1948. Introduction, Chapters 4, 5, 7, 8, pp. 44–57, 58-67, 79–90, 90–104. 52 p.

Frykman, Jonas. “Pure and Rational. The Hygienic Vision: A Study of the Cultural Transformation in the 1930s, The New Man,” Ethnologia Scandinavica, 1981, pp. 36-63.

Gyberg, Fanny; Frisen, Ann; Syed, Moin; Wängqvist, Maria and Svensson, Ylva. “Another Kind of Swede”: Swedish Youth’s Ethnic Identity Narratives.” Emerging Adulthood, 2018, vol. 6(1), 17-31.

Johansson, Alf W. “Neutrality and Modernity: The Second World War and Sweden’s National Identity,” in War Experience, Self-Image and National Identity, ed. Stig Ekman and Nils Edling (Södertälje, 1997), pp. 163-185.

Hillström, Magdalena. “Contested Boundaries: Nations, People and Cultural History Museums in Sweden and Norway 1862-1909,” Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, 2010, vol.2, pp. 583-607. Available at:

Laing, Samuel. Tour in Sweden in 1838: Comprising Observations on the Moral, Political and Economical State of the Swedish Nation (London, 1839), pp. 108-154. Available on Internet archives:

Löfgren, Orvar. “The Disappearance and Return of the National: the Swedish Experience.” In Folklore, heritage politics and ethnic diversity, edited by Barbro Klein, Pertti J. Anttonen, Anna-Leena Siikala (Sweden, Botkyrka, 2000), pp. 230–252.

Lundquist, Åsa and Roman, Christine. “Construction(s) of Swedish Family Policy, 1930-2000.” Journal of Family History, 33(2) (2008): 216-236.

Löfgren, Orvar. “The Nationalization of Culture: Constructing Swedishness”, Studia Ethnologica, vol.3, 1991, pp. 101-116.

Löfgren, Orvar. “Know Your Country: A Comparative Perspective on Tourism and Nation Building in Sweden.” In Being Elsewhere: Tourism, Consumer Culture, and Identity in Modern Europe and North America, eds. Shelley Baranowski and Ellen Furlough (Ann Arbor, Univ. of Mich. Press, 2001), pp. 137-154.

Ohlander, Ann-Sofie. “The Invisible Child? The Struggle Over Social Democratic Family Policy” in Klaus Misgeld, Karl Molin, and Klas Åmark, eds. Creating Social Democracy: A Century of the Social Democratic labor Party in Sweden. The Pennsylvania State University, 1992, pp. 213-235.

Porter, Bernard. “Virtue and Vice in the North: The Scandinavian Writings of Samuel Laing”, Scandinavian Journal of History, no. 23, pp. 153-172. Can be accessed online through the website of Södertörn library.

Present-Day Sweden: An Illustrated Publication Giving Glimpses of Swedish Life and Swedish Work of To-day (Swedish Tourist Bureau, Stockholm 1937), about 3 pages of text, 45 pages of pictures

A Swedish novel (students’ own choice), any edition (ca 300 pages):

Fogelström, Per Anders. City of My Dreams.

Fredrikson, Marianne. Simon and the Oaks. (Sh.Bibl.)

Moberg, Vilhelm. The Emigrants. (Sh Bibl.)

Söderberg, Hjalmar. Doctor Glas. ( Sh Bibl.)

Söderberg, Hjalmar. The Serious Game.

Cirka 800 pages

Shorter texts may be included (about 100 pages).