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  • 1. Berg, Annika
    et al.
    Florin, Christina
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Par i vetenskap och politik2011In: Par i vetenskap och politik: Intellektuella äktenskap i moderniteten / [ed] Annika Berg, Christina Florin & Per Wisselgren, Umeå: Boréa , 2011, p. 13-43Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 2. Berg, Annika
    et al.
    Florin, ChristinaWisselgren, PerUmeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Par i vetenskap och politik: Intellektuella äktenskap i moderniteten2011Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Danell, Rickard
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Larsson, AnnaUmeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.Wisselgren, PerUmeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Social science in context: historical, sociological, and global perspectives2013Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Social Science in Context is one of the first ventures to explore the relationship between social science and society in historical, sociological and global perspective. What impact has the research in these areas had on society? How are research fields established and to what ends? 

    Social Science in Context is a compilation of articles by an international and multidisciplinary group of scholars. The authors analyse the practical making and discursive aspects of social scientific knowledge and examples are drawn from a broad range of disciplines such as sociology, psychology, economics, and gender studies. 

    The overall aim of the book is to encourage a contextual and reflexive understanding of the complex relationship between the social sciences and society. The bonds of the past and today are made up by reciprocity and involve key elements such as gender and power, science and politics, academic boundaries and global power relations. 

    The book should be of interest to researchers, graduate students or anyone else interested in understanding and reflecting upon the uses, roles and functions of social science in today’s globalised world.

  • 4. Ekström, Anders
    et al.
    Jülich, SolveigLundgren, FransWisselgren, PerUmeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    History of participatory media: politics and publics, 1750–20002011Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This book argues for a historical perspective on issues relating to the notion of participatory media. Working from a broad concept of media – including essays on the 19th century press, early sound media, photography, exhibitions, television and the internet – the book offers a broad empirical approach to different modes of audience participation from the mid 19th century to the present. Using the insights from the historical case studies, the book also explores some of the key concepts in discussions on the politics of participation, arguing for a theoretical perspective sensitive to the asymmetries that characterize the distribution of agency in the relationship between media and users.

    Scholarly discussions on participatory media now occur in several fields. This book argues that all of these discussions are all too often obscured by a rhetoric of newness, assuming that participatory media is something unique in history, radical and revolutionary. By challenging the historiography implicit in this rhetoric, the book also engages in a discussion of issues of more general relevance to the multidisciplinary field of media history.

  • 5. Ekström, Anders
    et al.
    Jülich, Solveig
    Lundgren, Frans
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Participatory media in historical persepctive: an introduction2010In: History of participatory media: politics and publics, 1750–2000, Routledge , 2010, 1, p. 1-9Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Hansson, Joacim
    et al.
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Hedemark, Åse
    Uppsala universitet.
    Kjellman, Ulrika
    Uppsala universitet.
    Lindberg, Jenny
    Högskolan i Borås.
    Nolin, Jan
    Högskolan i Borås.
    Sundin, Olof
    Lunds universitet.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Profession, utbildning, forskning: biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap för en stärkt bibliotekarieprofession2018Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Sekretariatet för nationell biblioteksstrategi vid Kungliga Biblioteket har givit de fem biblioteks- och informationsvetenskapliga utbildningarna vid Högskolan i Borås, Linnéuniversitetet, Lunds univeritet, Umeå universitet och Uppsala universitet uppdraget att utreda och formulera förslag kring utbildning och forskning för en stärkt bibliotekarieprofession. Syftet med föreliggande rapport är, att visa situationen för svensk biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, tydliggöra relationen till bibliotekarieprofessionen och lämna strategiska förslag på hur ämnet kan förstärkas till förmån för en stärkt professionsutvecklig. En omvärldsanalys med riktning mot bibliotekssektorn görs samt en beskrivning av nuläget för biblioteks- och informationsvetenskaplig utbildning och forskning. 

    Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskapens centrala betydelse för bibliotekarieprofessionen lyfts fram. Utbildingsprogrammen i ämnet attraherar gott om studenter och som svar på bibliotekens konstaterade behov av biblioteks- och informationsvetenskapligt utbildad personal argumenterar rapportförfattarna för möjligheten att expandera utbildningarna på kandidat- och masternivå vid samtliga fem lärosäten. Inom forskningen konstateras, att trots att ämnet idag i grunden fungerar väl finns ännu svårigheter att erhålla finansiering för professionsinriktad biblioteksforskning. Omvärldsanalysen visar upp ett behov av en tydligare struktur för kontinuerlig kompetensutveckling inom bibliotekarieprofessionen. Rapporten mynnar ut i fem strategiska förslag rörande grundutbildning, forskning och kontinuerlig kompetensutveckling:

    • En ökning av antalet studieplatser på program på kandidat- och masternivå i biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap.
    • Nationell forskarskola för biblioteksforskning.
    • Inrättande av en externfinansierad professur med inriktning mot biblioteksforskning.
    • Stärkt finansieringsstruktur för biblioteksforskning.
    • Etablerande av en samlad nationell struktur för kontinuerlig kompetensutveckling.
  • 7.
    Hansson, Joacim
    et al.
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Wisselgren, PerUmeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Bibliotekarier i teori och praktik: utbildningsperspektiv på en unik profession2018Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I den ständigt närvarande diskussionen om bibliotekarieprofessionens innehåll och utveckling finns återkommande frågan om utbildningens roll. I takt med att samhället blir alltmer komplext söker också biblioteken en breddad bas av kompetenser för sin verksamhet, något som gör att bibliotekariens grundkompetens ibland ter sig otydlig. Ofta talas det om ett "glapp" mellan det utbildningsbehov som finns i bibliotekens praktiska vardag och det innehåll som bjuds inom de biblioteks- och informationsvetenskapliga utbildningarna.

    I den här antologin samlas ett tjugotal bibloteks- och informationsvetenskapliga forskare och diskuterar sina specialområdens relevans för bibliotekariernas praktiska arbete. Grundfrågan är enkel: på vilket sätt bidrar en biblioteks- och informationsvetenskaplig utbildning och forskning till en stärkt bibliotekarieprofession? Svaret ges genom betraktelser av bibliotekariens professionsutövning  utifrån ett renodlat utbildningsperspektiv. Bilden som framträder är bred och mångfacetterad. Ämnesområden som medie- och informationskunskap, bibliometri, professionellt språkbruk, praktikens betydelse i utbildningen, professionsetik, den historiska utvecklingen av bibliotekarieutbildningen i Sverige samt arbete med aktuella samhällsutmaningar är bara några av de teman som tas upp.

    Frågor som rör relationen mellan forskning, utbildning och praktik i dagens biblioteksvärld diskuteras genom exempel och en unik bild av bibliotekarienas professionella identitet träder fram. Bokens texter ställer också den egna verksamheten, bibliotekarieutbildningen, i ett kritiskt ljus och diskuterar hur en utveckling kan ske inom de ramar som styr utbildningens och forskningens möjligheter.

  • 8.
    Hansson, Joacim
    et al.
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Inledning2018In: Bibliotekarier i teori och praktik: utbildningsperspektiv på en unik profession / [ed] Joacim Hansson & Per Wisselgren, Lund: BTJ Förlag , 2018, p. 9-14Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 9. Jülich, Solveig
    et al.
    Ekström, Anders
    Lundgren, Frans
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Vetenskapernas mediehistoria – kall eller varm?: En forskningspresentation2010Report (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Larsson, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Introduction: contextualizing social science2013In: Social science in context: historical, sociological, and global perspectives / [ed] Rickard Danell, Anna Larsson & Per Wisselgren, Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2013, p. 9-18Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Larsson, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Department of Teacher Education in Swedish and Social Sciences.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Idé och Lärdomshistoria, Uppsala Universitet.
    The historiography of Swedish sociology and the bounding of disciplinary identity2006In: Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, ISSN 0022-5061, E-ISSN 1520-6696, Vol. 42, no 2, p. 159-176Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Bounding a scientific discipline is a way of regulating its cognitive direction as well as its relations to neighboring disciplines and extra-academic authorities. In this process of identity making, disciplinary history often is a crucial element. In this article, focusing on the historiography of Swedish sociology and the reception of Gustaf Steffen, Sweden's first professional sociologist, it is argued that Steffen's marginalized role in the traditional accounts should be understood not only with reference to his supposed theoretical shortcomings, but also in the historical context of the early postwar reestablishment of sociology as an academic discipline and its prevalent need for a new disciplinary identity, strategically adjusted to the contemporary institutional and political settings.

  • 12.
    Niskanen, Kirsti
    Stockholms universitet.
    Tema: Internationalisering2018Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 13. Niskanen, Kirsti
    et al.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Humanvetenskaplig internationalisering som ideal och praktik: en introduktion2018In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 195-198Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Internationalising the Swedish Human Sciences in Theory and Practice, 1920–1970

  • 14.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    A Historical Account of Danish Sociology: A Troubled Perspective2017In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869, Vol. 60, no 3, p. 286-287Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Att fostra journalister2012In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 256-260Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    ’Bakom varje framgångsrik man…’: Wicksells, Steffens, Cassels och sekelskiftets sociala reformrörelse2011In: Par i vetenskap och politik: Intellektuella äktenskap i moderniteten / [ed] Annika Berg, Christina Florin & Per Wisselgren, Umeå: Boréa , 2011, p. 44-86Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Bibliotekarieutbildning och bibliotekspraktik: en professionshistorisk triangulering2018In: Bibliotekarier i teori och praktik: utbildningsperspektiv på en unik profession / [ed] Joacim Hansson & Per Wisselgren, Lund: BTJ Förlag , 2018, p. 17-38Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Uppsatsen anlägger ett professionsteoretiskt perspektiv på frågan om bibliotekarieutbildningens förhållande till bibliotekspraktiken. Syftet är att bibliotekshistoriskt belysa hur den trefaldiga relationen mellan utbildning, profession och praktik har skiftat över tid, från 1900-talets början fram till idag, för att avslutningsvis diskutera några tänkbara framtidsinriktade implikationer.

  • 18.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Historical Studies.
    CSA och det sociala kunskapsfältets gränser2006In: Ligga till last: Fattigdom och utsatthet -- socialpolitik och socialt arbete under 100 år. / [ed] Hans Swärd, Marie-Anne Egerö, Lund: Gleerups , 2006, p. 37-49Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Det genomskinliga samhället2011In: Västerbottenskuriren, ISSN 1104-0246, no 2011-05-04, p. 34-Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 20.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Det sociala reportaget: journalistik, litteratur eller vetenskap?2003In: Den ocensurerade verkligheten i reportage, bild och undersökningar / [ed] Anna Meuwisse & Hans Swärd, Stockholm: Carlssons , 2003, p. 81-102Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Editorial2009In: Ideas in History, ISSN 1890-1832, E-ISSN 2245-5167, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 5-10Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    "Ett talrikt (företrädesvis kvinnligt) auditorium": Maxim Kovalevsky och samhällsvetenskapens publiker2004In: Den mediala vetenskapen, Nora: Bokförlaget Nya Doxa , 2004, p. 253-272Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Expedition Robinson, Reality TV, and the History of the Social Experiment2010In: History of Participatory Media: Politics and Publics, 1750–2000, Routledge , 2010, 1, p. 142-157Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    ”Forskningen om individ och samhälle måste internationaliseras”: Alva Myrdals samhällsvetenskapliga internationalism 1950–19552018In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 235-254Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Early post-World War II international social science was marked by paradoxical tendencies. On the one hand it experienced a rapid expansion underblown by a new optimistic internationalism. On the other hand, many of the initiatives taken were increasingly affected by emerging Cold War tensions. Embedded in these cross-currents of internationalism and geopolitics, UNESCO’s Department of Social Sciences (SSD) played a key role. The aim of this article is to analyze Alva Myrdal’s social scientific internationalism during her term as Director of UNESCO’s SSD, 1950–1955, in the context of other contemporary ideas on international social science. Empirically centred around fifteen key texts by Myrdal, the article argues: first, that a relatively distinct core in Myrdal’s view on international social science can be discerned; second, that her social scientific internationalism by large were in line with the previous and dominating views within UNESCO’s SSD, but also that Myrdal introduced and advocated a more interdisciplinary, applied and polycentric approach to international social science; third, that some discrete but important displacements can be discerned – in spite of the short period – over time.

  • 25.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    From Utopian One-worldism to Geopolitical Intergovernmentalism: UNESCO's Department of Social Sciences as an International Boundary Organization, 1946-19552017In: Serendipities: Journal for the Sociology and History of the Social Sciences, ISSN 2521-0947, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 148-182Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As a new coordinating organization in the rapidly expanding international field of post-World War II social science, UNESCO’s Department of Social Sciences (SSD), set up in 1946, played a central role. This article explores the formation of the SSD during its first decade with a special focus on its organizational aspects. By conceptualizing the SSD as an “international boundary organization”, the article analyzes the organizational structuration of agency spaces on different levels – within SSD, in relation to UNESCO and to the UN system at large – as well as over time. As a result, the article discerns four phases, distinguished by organizational changes, under which the SSD was successively transformed from a relatively independent transnational organization, which shared the utopian vision of one-worldism, to an intergovernmental organization considerably more vulnerable to external geopolitical pressures.

  • 26.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Hasselberg, Ylva: Industrisamhällets förkunnare: Eli Heckscher, Arthur Montgomery, Bertil Boëthius och svensk ekonomisk historia 1920–19502009In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 394-395Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Historical Studies.
    Hemma, borta och på väg: Robinson och det sociala reportaget2001In: Reseberättelser: idéhistoriska resor i sociala och geografiska rum / [ed] Lena Eskilsson & Mohammad Fazlhashemi, Stockholm: Carlssons , 2001, p. 256-275Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    History of the social sciences: Thematic Issue2009Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Historical Studies.
    Homo ludens på verkstadsgolvet: Ett humanistiskt perspektiv på skogsbrukets mekanisering1995In: Polhem: tidskrift för teknikhistoria, ISSN 0281-2142, Vol. 13, p. 400-419Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Jane Addams and the contemporary Swedish social entrepreneurial scene: reflections on the gendered making of social knowledge2018In: Jane Addams' Sociology and the Spirit of Social Entrepreneurship / [ed] Vessela Misheva and Andrew Blasko, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2018, p. 131-143Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The basic research question of this chapter is: Were there any equivalents to Jane Addams as a social entrepreneur in contemporary Sweden? 

    To answer that question the chapter is structured in three parts. The first part is concerned with the concept of "social entrepreneurship", the second with Jane Addams as a social entrepreneur and the third with the contemporary Swedish social entrepreneurial scene. In the last respect, Ellen Key, Anna Bugge Wicksell and Emilia Broomé are empirically highlighted and compared with Jane Addams as social entrepreneurs. 

    By historically situating Key, Wicksell and Broomé as well as Addams within the international social reform movement, the chapter argues that the peace movement and the rise of the social sciences were partly interconnected, and that Jane Addams helps us to reveal these partly gendered patterns in the making of social knowledge.

  • 31.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Historical Studies.
    Kollektivhuset och villa Myrdal: om samhällsvetenskapens rum i folkhemmet2006In: Topos: essäer om tänkvärda platser och platsbundna tankar / [ed] Erland Mårald & Christer Nordlund, Stockholm: Carlsson Bokförlag, 2006, p. 130-151Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Kortintervju med Per Wisselgren2019In: Folkbildning & forskning: årsbok 2019 / [ed] Kenneth Abrahamsson, Lisbeth Eriksson, Mats Myrstener, Lena Svensson och Tore Persson, Stockholm: Föreningen för folkbildningsforskning , 2019, , p. 113-116p. 113-116Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 33.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Historical Studies.
    Med siffror och bokstäver: Urban von Feilitzen och Lorénska stiftelsens socialvetenskapliga kartläggning under 1890-talet2000In: Samhällets Linneaner: Kartläggning och förståelse i samhällsvetenskapernas historia, Stockholm: Carlssons , 2000, p. 51-92Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Mellan nation och omvärld2011In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 297-301Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 35.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    ”Not too many ladies, but too few gentlemen”: on the gendered co-production of social science and its publics2013In: Social science in context: historical, sociological, and global perspectives / [ed] Rickard Danell, Anna Larsson & Per Wisselgren, Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2013, p. 33-47Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The chapter discusses the role of the public and its gendered aspects. Empirically, the case-study focuses on the very first public social science lectures at Stockholm University College in 1888. By analysing this seemingly peripheral event, it is argued, it is necessary to situate the event historically in its broader social, cultural, and political context, and apply a more circular perspective to the distribution of agency, if we are to understand the full complexity of the co-production of early academic social science and its gendered publics during this formative phase.

  • 36.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Politisk vetenskap och vetenskaplig politik2003In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 304-309Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
    Reforming the science-policy boundary: the Myrdals and the Swedish tradition of Governmental Commissions2008In: Academics as public intellectuals / [ed] Sven Eliaeson and Ragnvald Kalleberg, Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, p. 173-195Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Per Wisselgren's chapter on academics as public intellectuals, is concerned with the role of extra-academic social research and the relationship between social science and social policy in the Swedish interwar period. It focuses on the intersection between, on the one hand, the long domestic tradition of governmental commissions and, on the other, Gunnar and Alva Myrdal’s trajectories as public intellectuals. Special attention is paid to the so-called Population Commission (1935-38), which was one of the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal’s earliest and most important works but also one of the largest and most influential commissions in the history of Swedish social policy. By analyzing the Population Commission in terms of a historically situated “trading zone” or “boundary organization”, i.e. a place where different knowledge cultures have met and spheres of action for social expertise have been negotiated and stabilized, Wisselgren argues that the Myrdals both conceptualized and re-formulated the science-policy boundary in a new way on the discursive level and practically and institutionally widened the sphere of action for social researchers.

  • 38.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Historical Studies.
    Samhällets kartläggare: Lorénska stiftelsen, den sociala frågan och samhällsvetenskapens formering i Sverige 1830-19202000Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Using the Lorén Foundation (Lorénska stiftelsen) as a concrete empirical point of departure, the aim of this dissertation is to study the formation of a Swedish social science discourse in the historical context of the lengthy and broad-ranging discussions summarized in the formula "the social question". Established in 1885, the explicit aim of the Lorén Foundation was to promote the rise of Swedish social science and to contribute to the solution of the social question. Composing an heuristic case, the historical reconstruction of the Lorén Foundation and its activities thus comprise the basic thesis - that modern social science should be understood as an "answer" to the "social question" - while providing it with empirical substance and historical content.

    Emphasizing the contextual and conceptual aspects of the history of social knowledge, the "social question", the Lorén Foundation, and the institutionalization of social science are regarded as different components in an historical discourse centred around the social sphere as it took shape from the 1830s and onwards. In this broad, multifarious definition and articulation process, social science is understood not as a unique "answer", but rather as one attempt alongside others to regulate the social sphere. Focusing on the intimate interrelations between social science practice and realist and naturalist authors, as well as contemporary social reform efforts, the dissertation also emphasizes the historically changing boundaries of social knowledge and its inherent political, gendered and professional dimensions. The final part of the study discusses the role of social science in the Swedish welfare state in more general terms, employing a comparative, international perspective, and the historiographical construction of disciplinary identities characteristic of academic sociology after World War II.

  • 39.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Social Reform Collaboration and Gendered Academization: Three Swedish Social Science Couples at the Turn of the Twentieth Century2012In: For Better or For Worse?: Collaborative Couples in the Sciences / [ed] Lykknes, Annette; Opitz, Donald L.; Van Tiggelen, Brigitte, Heidelberg: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2012, 44, p. 193-220Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The chapter focuses on three social science couples in Sweden at the turn of the twentieth century, of which the men are all well-known as pioneers of academic economics and sociology: Knut Wicksell, Gustaf Steffen, and Gustav Cassel. Far less known in the history of the social sciences are their wives: Anna Wicksell, Oscara Steffen, and Johanna Cassel. Hence, the basic questions posed in this context are if and, if so, how they contributed to their husbands’ careers? By doing so, the essay emphasizes, on the one hand, the ldquo;private,rdquo; gender-relational and routinized everyday practices of scientific knowledge production and, on the other hand, its wider historical, social and cultural contexts. The main argument developed is that such a perspective highlights the cognitive role of the contemporary social reform movement as an arena, which offered collaborative spaces for male as well as female initiatives important to the academization of social science. But it is also shown that the movement at the same time was a social and cultural context where traditional gender values and practices were both reproduced and reconstructed.

  • 40.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Historical Studies.
    Sociologin som inte blev av?: Gustaf Steffen och tidig svensk socialvetenskap1997In: Sociologisk forskning: tidskrift för Sveriges sociologförbund, ISSN 0038-0342, no 1-2Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 41.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Swedish Institute for Studies in Education and Research (SISTER).
    Statistik och nationell gemenskap2002In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 122, no 2, p. 356-363Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The social scientific gaze: the social question and the rise of academic social science in Sweden2015Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The social sciences have, ever since they were first established as academic disciplines, played a foundational role in most spheres of modern society - in policy-making, education, the media and public debate - and hence also, indirectly, for our self-understanding as social beings.

    The Social Scientific Gaze examines the discursive formation of academic social science in the historical context of the 'social question', that is, the protracted and wide-ranging discussions on the social problems of modernity that were being debated with increased intensity during the nineteenth century. Empirically, the study focuses on the Lorén Foundation, a combined private funding agency and early research institute, which was set up in 1885 to promote the rise of Swedish social science and to investigate the social question. Comprising an heuristic case, the close analysis of the Foundation makes it possible not only to reconstruct its basic ideas and practices, but also to situate its activities in broader historical and sociological context.

    The Social Scientific Gaze argues that the rise of Swedish social science may be seen not only as an 'answer' to the social 'question', but also as one attempt alongside others - including contemporary social literature, the philantropic reform movement, and the introduction of modern social policy - to conceptualize, mobilize and regulate the social sphere. In this process it is furthermore shown how an ambigious yet distinct 'social scientific gaze' was discursively articulated.

  • 43.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Tobias Dalberg Mot lärdomens topp: Svenska humanisters och samhällsvetares ursprung, utbildning och yrkesbana under 1900-talets första hälft2018In: Nordic Journal of Educational History, ISSN 2001-7766, E-ISSN 2001-9076, Vol. 5, no 1Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 44.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
    Universitetens kulturella sammanhang: Platsbundna nätverk och lokala strategier2003In: Kulturen i kunskapssamhället: Om kultursektorns tillväxt och kulturpolitikens utmaningar / [ed] Sverker Sörlin, Nora: Nya Doxa , 2003, p. 123-142Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
    Vetenskap och /eller politik?: Om gränsteorier och utredningsväsendets vetenskapshistoria2008In: Mångsysslare och gränsöverskridare: 13 uppsatser i idéhistoria, Umeå: Institutionen för Idé- och samhällsstudier, Umeå universitet , 2008, p. 103-119Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Historical Studies.
    Viktor Lorén: Välfärdsbyggets obemärkte entreprenör2001In: Sekelskiftets utmaningar: Essäer om välfärd, utbildning och nationell identitet vid sekelskiftet 1900 / [ed] Ann-Katrin Hatje, Stockholm: Carlssons , 2001, p. 227-254Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 47.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Visioner om medborgerliga publiker2013In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 282-287Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Wisselgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
    Women as Public Intellectuals: Kerstin Hesselgren and Alva Myrdal2009In: Intellectuals and their Publics: Perspectives from the Social Sciences, Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, UK , 2009, p. 225-242Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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