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Svett och blod: modernitet, kroppskultur och ras i Gymniska Förbundets tidskrift Gymn, 1928-1932
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Sweat and blod : modernity, body culture and race in Gymn the journal of Gymniska Förbundet, 1928-1932 (English)
Abstract [en]

This study aims to investigate and describe the direction of the ideological development of the Swedish gymnastics association Gymniska Förbundet. Between 1928 and 1932, this organization transformed from a purely gymnastic and cultural association into an influential platform for the production of Swedish nationalist ideology. Based on theories of National Socialism’s formation within modern society, the analysis focus on the conditions regulating Gymniska Förbundets relation to modernity. Thus the study examines the association’s ideas in relationship to the concept of modernity. The analysis shows that the ideological fusion between ideas regarding gymnastics and culture on one hand, and of Swedish racial biologyon the other, provided the conditions needed for an alternative vision of modernity, similar to that which international research has characterized as the blut und boden-ideology. By presenting how and in what ways the Swedish blut und boden-ideology emerged and took shape, the study contributes to the research on the party-politically independent National Socialist ideology in Sweden. Furthermore, the analysis reveals networking strategies and idea transfer within the ideological movement based on wider applications of ideas concerning racial biology.

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2015. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Ling-gymnastics, racial biology, blut und boden, national socialism, Agricultural romanticism, Gymniska Förbundet, Gymn, Swedish Nationalism, 1930s
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History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253807OAI: diva2:816052
2015-06-05, Uppsala, 13:29 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-02 Last updated: 2015-06-15Bibliographically approved

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