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"Courting Is Like Trading Horses, You Have to Keep Your Eyes Open": Gender-Related Proverbs in a Peasant Society in Northern Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies. (Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2765-0834
2012 (English)In: Journal of Northern Studies, ISSN 1654-5915, Vol. 6, no 2, 9-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Proverbs offer insights into normative symbolic systems of mean- ing. In this article, proverbs collected in Northern Sweden that mirrors an older agrarian environment are studied with a specific subset of such a normative meaning system in focus: masculinity and femininity. The analysis is centered on three important domains of human experience: The Marriage Market, The Household and The Sexuality. It is argued that the gender conceptions found in the proverbs form a system of gender hegemony, with hierarchically superior masculinity and hierarchically subordinate femininity. Furthermore, a possible cultural model found in the proverbs, that of The Successful Household, is out- lined and discussed. 

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2012. Vol. 6, no 2, 9-36 p.
Keyword [en]
proverbs, gender, gender hegemony, Northern Sweden, nineteenth century, agrarian environment, masculinity, femininity
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-64364OAI: diva2:600491
Available from: 2013-01-29 Created: 2013-01-24 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved

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