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Kunskapens händer: Kunskapstraditioner, maskulinitet och förändring i Lesjöfors 1940-2010
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2185-5839
2014 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Lesjöfors, located in the municipality of Filipstad in Värmland, has a mining history dating back to the 1600s. In the mid-1970s, however, Lesjöfors, like Bergslagen at large, suffered from the international recession, and structural change had a major impact on this region, affecting society as well as individuals. These transformations form the basis of this thesis.

In today’s society, knowledge or training is constantly in demand. However, the political context does not always allow for a consideration of the impact of decisions on small local communities and individuals in rural areas. Even the most well-intentioned politician and decision-maker may find themselves in the cultural trap of seeing "the others", "ordinary people" in a certain light or perspective. In a world that increasingly emphasizes knowledge, it is important to discuss what this development actually means to people.

This thesis investigates the importance of local knowledge traditions in a mining district during an eventful historical phase. The main focus is on men and the role that local knowledge traditions – including knowledge patterns and knowledge ideals – have played in their choice of education. The study covers the period 1940-2010, which was marked by both industrial progress and drastic decline, and offers the opportunity to identify change over time.

The study shows that there are clear trends in today's society to educate people, get them to break with the past, adopt new lifestyles and rational approaches. In Lesjöfors it is no longer possible to live the way people used to, that is, like their ancestors, to enter the industry as they reach full maturity. This means that the need to adapt to the requirements of a new situation while retaining the knowledge and identity of the past creates social conflicts of interests and an ambivalent situation for the individual.

Abstract [sv]

Jag minns första gången jag besökte Lesjöfors och stod öga mot öga med denna miljö. Stora förfallna fabriksbyggnader, ödsliga gator och rost. I en bygd där järnet varit så självklart verkade all den här rosten så påtagligt tragisk. Det är inte svårt att förstå att när stålindustrin mer eller mindre havererade – det ska sägas att det fortfarande finns en fungerande verksamhet här om än i mycket mindre skala – måste det ha skakat om människors liv rejält”…

Så inleder Ramona Ivener denna avhandling som centreras kring den värmländska bruksorten Lesjöfors under den andra delen av 1900-talet, en omvälvande period kännetecknad av både industriell framgång och drastisk nedgång. Undersökningen rör sig kring dessa förändringar, särskilt de som uppstod i samband med stålkrisen under 1970-talet och hur de påverkat de lesjöforska männens syn på kunskap och utbildning.

I dagens samhälle finns en efterfrågan på hög formell utbildning, det är dock inte alltid man inom politiska sammanhang tar ställning till vilka konsekvenser beslutsfattande får för små lokalsamhällen och individer i glesbygd. Avhandlingen belyser problematiken och relationen mellan kunskapstradition, maskulinitet och förändring åren 1940-2010.

 

RAMONA IVENER

är född 1978. Kunskapens händer är hennes doktorsavhandling i historia.

 

 

 

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2014. , 256 p.
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2014:11
Keyword [en]
Knowledge, Education, Gender, Masculinity, Growth, Periphery, Industrial environment, Structural change
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-30972ISBN: 978-91-7063-542-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-30972DiVA: diva2:690010
Public defence
2014-03-28, Andersalen, 11D121, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Läsa och leva
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-03-14 Created: 2014-01-22 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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