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Samtidsetnologi före samtidsetnologin
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Ethnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2194-0670
2019 (Swedish)In: RIG: Kulturhistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0035-5267, E-ISSN 2002-3863, Vol. 102, no 4, p. 209-220Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ethnology of the present: Revisiting a debate in 1967

According to a popular understanding among Swedish Ethnologists (not least in Stockholm), its practitioners turned to studies of contemporary society and culture in the 1960’s, with a young generation taking the lead. This paper examines how a little group of their elders, in the same decade, envisioned and assessed the prospect of ethnological studies of modern life. Based primarily on contributions to a symposium on the theme, the following key components of their vision are identified: an understanding of “the contemporary” as a period of considerable length; the adherence to a particular concept of tradition; and a dedication to the ideal of a broad coverage of modern life and collections of data large enough to secure that results would be representative, or typical. In combination, these components rendered the task of studying modern life overwhelming and in practice impossible to realize, for lack of personnel and resources. In the concluding remarks, various aspects of the transition to an Ethnology of the present are illuminated by comparing the paradigmatic work of Åke Daun (1969) to the vision presented by the elders and to some other publications issued at the same time.

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2019. Vol. 102, no 4, p. 209-220
Keywords [en]
Ethnology of the present, 1960's, Wenner-Gren Center, Sigurd Erixon
Keywords [sv]
Samtidsetnologi, 1960-talet, Wenner-Gren Center, Sigurd Erixon
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Ethnology
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Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178916OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-178916DiVA, id: diva2:1392473
Available from: 2020-02-07 Created: 2020-02-07 Last updated: 2020-02-14Bibliographically approved

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