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Vad ska du bli när du blir stor?: En studie i levnad och yrkesval i 1800-talets Kalmar och Karlskrona
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Student paper other, 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
What will you be when you grow up? : A study in life and career in 19th century Kalmar and Karlskrona (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to study children born in February 1800 in the two coastal cities Kalmar and Karlskrona in order to see what career choices they make during their lifetime. With career choices, both own careers and spouses careers will be taken into consideration. The question is whether children grow up to stay in the same trade of work and social construction as their parents. The careers found will also be studied in a didactic point of view where those jobs are compared to lines of work presented in the textbooks.


The result of this study is that it was common for the boys to “inherit” their fathers’ line of work as well as for the daughters to marry men in the same line of work as their fathers. The study has also shown that a lot of children died during their first years of life, resulting in a smaller group of children to study than anticipated. The didactic study resulted in the knowledge that the textbooks lack a deeper exploration of fields of work, something that could result in pupils not understanding the “ordinary people” in history.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
19th century, career, Kalmar, Karlskrona
Keyword [sv]
lokalhistoria, kalmar, karlskrona, 1800-tal, yrke
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49961OAI: diva2:907417
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Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
Available from: 2016-02-29 Created: 2016-02-28 Last updated: 2016-02-29Bibliographically approved

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