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Herrgårdens värde: Förvaltning som livsstil
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research. (Cultural Matters Group)
2017 (Swedish)In: Bebyggelsehistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0349-2834, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 100-115Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The landed classes stress the importance of custodianshipof country houses and estates for thebenefit of future generations and society as awhole. Working and social practices are built ontradition, but maintaining a large estate oftenrequires new solutions and types of business,and estate life finds itself at the crossroads oftradition and change. The cultural and naturalheritage of past centuries must support itself financially,preferably while making a profit, andresources must never be embezzled. Today thisoften means diversifying from farming and forestry– an estate may often support itself on sixor seven areas of activity. Yet for estate owners,custodianship is more than just a matter of economics;in cultural terms it entails upholding aform of moral lifestyle. This takes the form ofan ideal way of living on, from and with theestate – a way of life not always seen in terms ofa choice. The article uses way of life as an encompassingterm to understand the interactionbetween social spaces and physical places. Thearticle analyses how custodianship as a collective,historically evolved way of life, is presentedin narratives of the past, present and future. Theanalysis focuses in particular on how material,symbolic, social and moral boundaries are defined.The values that emerge as cornerstonesin this way of life are responsibility, respect,sustainability and accessibility. Based on visits toestates, interviews with owners and media analysis,the article examines how the past, presentand future are presented. To understand thesecontemporary narratives about estate life andthe core values of custodianship, we must firstcomprehend the historical continuity that formsthe basis for the concepts and practices of estateowners. This historical continuity, and thefissures seen today caused by the dichotomy betweentradition and change, forms the startingpoint of the analysis. This enables us to portraythe essence of custodianship and place-specificnostalgia, and their effects on modern-day estatelife as viewed from society as a whole.

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2017. Vol. 34, no 2, p. 100-115
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-335163OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-335163DiVA, id: diva2:1161785
Available from: 2017-12-01 Created: 2017-12-01 Last updated: 2018-03-27

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