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The car and the folkhem: Automobility and the making of modern Sweden
Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-5123-1357
2014 (engelsk)Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

The topic of this paper is inspired by an apparent paradox. In a country known for its folkhem, a philosophy and social project based in values of collective action and solidarity, the primary mode of transportation is that icon of individualism, the automobile. Indeed, the folkhem (literally, “people’s home,” referring to the welfare state and its complementary ideology) and the automobile system were established simultaneously during the 20th century. Given this coincidence, it is curious that the potential symbiotic relationship between the automobile system (and “automobility”) and the folkhem has not been studied previously. These systems have profoundly shaped the relationship between the individual and the state as well as the (social and spatial) mobility of Swedish citizens. The paper discusses the potential roles of the individualistic mobility provided by the car in the construction of the collective project of the folkhem, and indeed in the construction of a modern Swedish national identity. The paper reviews the development of the folkhem and automobile system, focusing on their potential connections, and then considers what the literature on automobility has to contribute to the study of the car and the folkhem.

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automobility, Sweden, folkhem
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-287523OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-287523DiVA, id: diva2:922877
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-0754-1Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-04-25 Laget: 2016-04-25 Sist oppdatert: 2016-04-25

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