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Märta Hedlund (1913–1944): An Early Scholar in Swedish Ethnology
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Ethnology.
2016 (English)In: Svenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv, ISSN 0347-1837, Vol. 139, p. 119-136Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the first half of the twentieth century, only a limited number of women were involved in Swedish ethnological research at an advanced academic level. One of them was Märta Hedlund (1913–1944), who was part of the academic circle around the prominent professor of regionalethnology, Sigurd Erixon, at the University College of Stockholm. Sadly, she died young, before she was able to complete her work. This article recalls Hedlund as a pioneer in the study of peasant trade and modes of enculturation within the rural families of such traders. We argue that Hedlund, with her orientation towards American social anthropology and economic history, managed to introduce topics and perspectives that would come into vogue only decades later. Furthermore, a rereading is offered of her scant biographical data and professional output through the lens of intersectional gender theory, to provide a complementary view of why, for so long, her work was forgotten.

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2016. Vol. 139, p. 119-136
Keywords [en]
Swedish ethnology, enculturation, peasant economy, local culture, field work, gender
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Ethnology
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Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152104OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-152104DiVA, id: diva2:1177263
Available from: 2018-01-24 Created: 2018-01-24 Last updated: 2018-05-17Bibliographically approved

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