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Göran Therborn and Sonia Therborn

‘Social quality’ is not a common term in Sweden and its sister notion ‘quality of life’ is used mainly with respect to the conditions of particular individuals and rarely, if ever, in social analysis. Swedish social statistics and social studies focus on ‘levels of living’ or ‘living conditions’. The perceived subjectivity connotations of ‘quality’ in this context have not been attractive. On the other hand, Swedish social research and policy evaluation have de facto been very much concerned with measuring what may properly be called qualitative dimensions of living conditions and correspondingly less interested in, for example, the possession of consumer goods.

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Erland Mårald and Erik Westholm

Introduction This article explores how the future has been approached in Swedish forestry over the last 150 years. While the history of forestry in Sweden is generally well researched (e.g., Antonson and Jansson 2011 ; Eliasson 2002 ), the

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Lotta Björklund Larsen

Hiring home cleaning is a contested phenomenon in Sweden and increasingly so when informally recompensed. During the last decade, pigdebatten (the maid debate), a proposal for subsidized, paid home cleaning has divided the public debate along political lines as well as in terms of gender and class. Drawing on the historical notions of what type of work an economy includes (and excludes), this article addresses the contestation of paid home cleaning as a transaction of work. How do buyers negotiate and justify svart (black market) cleaning as an acceptable transaction in time and space when separating the public from the private? This case study is based on interviews with a group of women indicted for having bought cleaning services from an immigrant without a working permit, a case that created a heated media debate in 2003 and 2004.

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Women's Liberation

Swedish Feminist Comics and Cartoons from the 1970s and 1980s

Anna Nordenstam and Margareta Wallin Wictorin

The success of Swedish feminist comics at the beginning of the twenty-first century, represented by, among others, the cartoonists Liv Strömquist and Nina Hemmingsson, can be traced back to precursors in the 1970s and 1980s. This article argues

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“We Are a Traveling People”

Tourism, Travel Journalism, and the Construction of a Modern National Identity in Sweden

Emilia Ljungberg

In June 1938 the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter published a special jubilee supplement to celebrate the king’s eightieth birthday, called “Gustaf the Fifth’s Sweden.” Among the articles on topics such as industry and economy there was one

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History between Red Brackets

The Cold War in History Museums around the Baltic Sea

Johan Hegardt

between Denmark and Sweden. The Baltic Sea region today includes nine nations: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany, as well as the small enclave of Kaliningrad between Lithuania and Poland, which belongs to

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Working with the Cold War

Types of Knowledge in Swedish and Australian History Textbook Activities

Niklas Ammert and Heather Sharp

and potential threats toward a number of former Soviet Bloc states and other sovereign nations—for example, flying military aircraft uninvited and without any attempt to gain permission in Swedish, British, and Irish airspace with transponders turned

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Being a Responsible Violent Girl?

Exploring Female Violence, Self-management, and ADHD

Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist and Linda Arnell

representation of ideal femininity ( Budgeon 1998 ). The discourses of girl power have a major influence in the Swedish context, and, accordingly, girls’ and young women’s independence and emancipation are conceptualized as positive ( Formark and Bränström Öhman

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Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, Giulia Messina Dahlberg, and Sylvi Vigmo

-off from the intersections of these projects, each of which focuses primarily upon one named group that is generally identified as being ‘peripheral’. In both projects, issues of equity and social justice in contemporary Sweden are centre-stage. Taking as

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Aimee Haley

1999 ), through which higher education became accessible to more people in society and not only those belonging to elite groups. The Swedish system of higher education exemplifies such changes. The number of Swedes participating in and attaining degrees