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Söderqvist, J. (2017). Educate to Help the Class, or Leave Them Behind?: Motifs among the participants in the first classes at Brunnsvik Folk College, Sweden 1906‐1920. In: : . Paper presented at 2nd ELHN Conference of the European Labour History Network, 2-4 November, Paris, France.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Educate to Help the Class, or Leave Them Behind?: Motifs among the participants in the first classes at Brunnsvik Folk College, Sweden 1906‐1920
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

To pursue your dreams, to leave your small home town and make it in the Big City. These arenarratives common to people living in the 21st century. But among some of the students at BrunnsvikFolk College in the early years of the 20th century, this individualistic approach was frowned upon.You should put your new knowledge to use in the class struggle, not pursue some romantic dream, orthink you suddenly had become better than the masses.As the Swedish labour movement grew stronger, the need for more theoretically skilled organizersbecame important. But access to education higher than primary level had not been attainable foreveryone in Sweden in the late 1800s. This was however changing rapidly. Among the new forms ofeducational institutions were the folkhögskolor (folk colleges, or folk high‐schools), started byorganizations in the civil society, or private persons for philanthropic reasons. They quickly becameimportant institutions as they opened up higher forms of education to new groups in society. One ofthese institutions was Brunnsvik.This paper examines the motifs of the students at Brunnsvik. What expectations did they have of theeducation? What expectations did their comrades in the local trade unions or political organizationshave, when they raised money to send one of their peers to attend the school? And how were thestudents received when they came home? An investigation of the students’ background will shedlight on who they were when they enrolled at Brunnsvik: their political background, educationalachievements, social class, and any previous occupations. How would they benefit from furthereducation and what were their future prospects? Did their time at Brunnsvik improve their lifechances? Was the education a tool for personal emancipation, or for the emancipation of the wholelabour movement?By using memoirs, letters, interviews, debates and protocols from local branches, this study will shedlight on some of these issues.

Keywords
social mobility, adult education, labour movement, Brunnsvik
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337641 (URN)
Conference
2nd ELHN Conference of the European Labour History Network, 2-4 November, Paris, France
Projects
En fråga om arv. Humankapital och förmögenhet som förutsättning för social rörlighet, Sverige 1880-1950
Funder
The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation, P2015-0055:1
Available from: 2018-01-03 Created: 2018-01-03 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
Söderqvist, J. (2016). Det var då, och nu är nu. Arbetarhistoria : Meddelande från Arbetarrörelsens Arkiv och Bibliotek, 4-1(156-157)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Det var då, och nu är nu
2016 (Swedish)In: Arbetarhistoria : Meddelande från Arbetarrörelsens Arkiv och Bibliotek, ISSN 0281-7446, Vol. 4-1, no 156-157Article in journal, Editorial material (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

Ledare om gränskontroller mellan Sverige och Danmark, och om Rolf Edberg och den nordiska passunionen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek, 2016
Keywords
Nordisk passunion, gränskontroll
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280635 (URN)
Available from: 2016-03-12 Created: 2016-03-12 Last updated: 2017-11-30
Söderqvist, J. (2016). The History of Temporary Work Agencies in Sweden: - A brief overview of political argumentation and legislative processes. In: : . Paper presented at XIth International Conference on Labour History, 21-23 March, 2016, at V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, NOIDA, New Dehli, India.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The History of Temporary Work Agencies in Sweden: - A brief overview of political argumentation and legislative processes
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Temporary work agencies, and private placement agencies in Sweden have been regulated in some form since the 1730s with the institution Adress-contoiret with royal privileges, where servants could register for work in Stockholm. In 1935, in coherence with the ILO convention from that time, privately run job centres charging fees from job applicants were banned, as well as work agencies acting as employers offering staffing services to their clients. A few exceptions concerning agencies for musicians and specialist consultants were allowed, but the main political values within the workers’ parties were that workers should not be considered as commodities. This regulation was active until 1993, when the government deregulated this practice.

This paper will examine the process of legislation in the Swedish Riksdag concerning work mediation, placement agencies and temporary work agencies. Focus will be on the period from 1900 up to the two legislations of 1935 and 1942. During these formative years, the workers’ movement and their parties, the social democratic party and the communist party, were opposed to all forms of private agencies making profit from this practice. In parliament, motions against this practice were written by MPs from both workers’ parties. The paper is based on studies of parliamentary publications, reports from trade union archives and news paper articles.

There were different kinds of temporary work agencies active during these times, both non-profit and profit. Several trade unions and social movements ran their own non-profit practices, e. g. the bakery workers’ trade union or the Fredrika-Bremer-association concerned with women’s emancipation issues. These practices were not the target of the motions in parliament. Instead they concerned agencies making profit from job mediation. Some agencies charged the job applicants a small fee for enlisting, some added a finder’s fee when the contract was written with the new employer, and some acted as employers and let out their employees as staff to their different clients.

The issue at hand is that during the first part of the 20th century, the distinction between the parties concerned was between worker, mediator of work, and employer. MPs of the workers’ parties did not seem to make any legal distinction as to whether the workers were employed by the client they were offered to, or if the agency acted as the employer. They rather made a moral distinction and were more concerned with the level of exploitation of the worker than who had the legal responsibility as the employer – the temporary work agency or the agency’s client? This shows a different focus than what is prevalent today.

Keywords
Temporary work agencies, work regulation, ILO classification
National Category
History Economic History
Research subject
Economic History; History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280630 (URN)
Conference
XIth International Conference on Labour History, 21-23 March, 2016, at V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, NOIDA, New Dehli, India
Available from: 2016-03-12 Created: 2016-03-12 Last updated: 2016-12-15
Söderqvist, J. (2015). Vad finns att forska på för framtidens historiker?. Arbetarhistoria : Meddelande från Arbetarrörelsens Arkiv och Bibliotek, 3(155)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vad finns att forska på för framtidens historiker?
2015 (Swedish)In: Arbetarhistoria : Meddelande från Arbetarrörelsens Arkiv och Bibliotek, ISSN 0281-7446, Vol. 3, no 155Article in journal, Editorial material (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

Ledartext om den eventuellt kommande bristen på tillgång till källmaterial för framtidens historiker.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek, 2015
Keywords
Digitalt kulturarv, digitalt källmaterial
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280634 (URN)
Available from: 2016-03-12 Created: 2016-03-12 Last updated: 2017-11-30
Söderqvist, J. (2013). Bemanningsföretag – en historisk översikt [Review]. Arbetarhistoria : Meddelande från Arbetarrörelsens Arkiv och Bibliotek (147-148), 32-36
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bemanningsföretag – en historisk översikt
2013 (Swedish)In: Arbetarhistoria : Meddelande från Arbetarrörelsens Arkiv och Bibliotek, ISSN 0281-7446, no 147-148, p. 32-36Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This article attempts to give an historical overview of the regulations on temporary employment agencies in Sweden. Thus, the focus is on how the relationship between being employed by a temporary work agency and let out to this agency’s customer has been regulated over time. The article also problematizes the image presented by the sector’s employer organization in their historical description of the origin of temporary work agencies, and it seeks to vary the picture of a much debated area on the Swedish labour market. It summarises political decisions in the Swedish parliament on the historical forms for the mediation of work through fee-charging employment agencies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek, 2013
Keywords
bemanningsföretag, arbetsreglering
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280632 (URN)
Available from: 2016-03-12 Created: 2016-03-12 Last updated: 2017-11-30
Organisations
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