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”de svenska nybyggarna förstod konsten att upprätthålla grannsämja med det röda jägarfolket”: Om indianbilden och dess funktion i Albin Widéns populärvetenskapliga författande
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“the Swedish Settlers knew how to Maintain Neighbourliness with the red Hunters” : The Portrayal of the Native American and its role in Albin Widén’s Non-Fictional Writings (English)
Abstract [en]

During the 1960s and 1970s an increased interest in Native Americans can be seen in Sweden, e.g. through the establishment of organizations such as the Indian Club of Sweden. The aim of this thesis is to study the portrayal of Native Americans and its role through Albin Widén, a Swedish author, ethnologist and member of the Indian Club, and his non-fictional works on the Swedish migration to America, Swedish-America and Swedish contacts with Native Americans. The study is divided into four parts. The first part looks at the portrayal of the Native Americans in Widén’s writings, in comparison with Euro-Americans’ and Europeans’ traditional stereotypic images of a good and a bad Indian. The second part examines how Widén represents the contacts between Swedes in America and the Native Americans. The purpose of the third part of the analysis is to investigate Widén’s interest in Native Americans. Finally, the thesis focuses on the possible role of the portrayals of Indians as a counterpart in the creation and upholding of a Swedish identity. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 121 p.
Keyword [en]
Albin Widén, the Indian Club of Sweden, portrayals of Native Americans, portrayals of contacts between Swedes and Native Americans, interest in Native Americans, white and Swedish identity and the Native American
Keyword [sv]
Albin Widén, Indianklubben, indianbild, bilden av kontakter mellan svenskar och indianer, indianintresse, vit och svensk identitet och indianen
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19072OAI: diva2:529358
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Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-05-30 Created: 2012-05-30 Last updated: 2012-05-30Bibliographically approved

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