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”Forskningen om individ och samhälle måste internationaliseras”: Alva Myrdals samhällsvetenskapliga internationalism 1950–1955
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5026-2795
2018 (Swedish)In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 235-254Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Early post-World War II international social science was marked by paradoxical tendencies. On the one hand it experienced a rapid expansion underblown by a new optimistic internationalism. On the other hand, many of the initiatives taken were increasingly affected by emerging Cold War tensions. Embedded in these cross-currents of internationalism and geopolitics, UNESCO’s Department of Social Sciences (SSD) played a key role. The aim of this article is to analyze Alva Myrdal’s social scientific internationalism during her term as Director of UNESCO’s SSD, 1950–1955, in the context of other contemporary ideas on international social science. Empirically centred around fifteen key texts by Myrdal, the article argues: first, that a relatively distinct core in Myrdal’s view on international social science can be discerned; second, that her social scientific internationalism by large were in line with the previous and dominating views within UNESCO’s SSD, but also that Myrdal introduced and advocated a more interdisciplinary, applied and polycentric approach to international social science; third, that some discrete but important displacements can be discerned – in spite of the short period – over time.

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Göteborg, 2018. p. 235-254
Keywords [sv]
Alva Myrdal, samhällsvetenskaplig internationalism, UNESCO, Avdelningen för samhällsvetenskaper, Kalla kriget
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History of Ideas
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History Of Sciences and Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-156930OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-156930DiVA, id: diva2:1293042
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”Alva Myrdal och samhällsvetenskapernas internationella organisering”
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P12-0273:1Available from: 2019-03-01 Created: 2019-03-01 Last updated: 2019-03-15Bibliographically approved

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