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Intressedominas och motivattraktion: form och innehåll i Albert Eskeröds Årets äring
Gotland University, School of the Humanities and Social Science.
2008 (Swedish)In: RIG: Kulturhistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0035-5267, E-ISSN 2002-3863, Vol. 91, no 2, p. 85-93Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses goals and aims as well as ideas about meaning, form and content in Swedish ethnology. The central question concerns whether artefacts, objects, forms should be treated as primary objects of study or as secondary, signs or symbols of an underlying level of content or meaning. A common understanding among Swedish ethnologists is that while earlier ethnologists were mainly occupied with ‘form’ at a ‘surface level’, modern ethnology, from around 1970 and on, became more occupied with ‘content’ and ‘meaning’, at a deeper underlying level. In a similar vein earlier ethnology is described as ‘positivistic’, concerned with the world as an objective ‘outer’ phenomenon, while contemporary ethnology is described as ‘fenomenological’, concerned more with the world as an inner phenomenon.

Questioning this figure of thought, the author goes on to discuss Albert Eskeröds ”Årets äring”. This dissertation from 1947 is surprisingly ‘modern’, neither “positivistic”, nor occupied with form at a surface level. Eskeröd strongly critizises earlier ethnological practices and notions, especially that of survival, and clearly heralds “modern ethnology”, by his strong focus on meaning, and in his ambition to anchor ‘meaning ’in perspectives borrowed from social psychology and structural functionalism.

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Lund: Föreningen för svensk kulturhistoria , 2008. Vol. 91, no 2, p. 85-93
Keywords [sv]
Etnologi, ämneshistoria, form, innehåll, funktion, Albert Eskeröd
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Ethnology (HGO)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-457OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-457DiVA, id: diva2:321409
Available from: 2010-05-31 Created: 2010-05-31 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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