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Sublima landskap, subalterna rum: Kockor och rallare utmed Riksgränsbanan 1898–1902
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2018 (Swedish)In: Lychnos, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 51-75Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sublime place, subaltern space: Railroad workers and female cooks on the subarctic railroad 1898–1902

The purpose of this article is to articulate the lived experience of the workers who built the Subarctic Railroad 1898–1902. The article explores how worker’s experi- ences relate to conventional histories of the industrialization of the Swedish far north, arguing that said industrialization was not only capitalist, but also colonial. In particular, it examines ideas and practices related to the spatial conditions along the railroad, and the social practices, aesthetic values and nationalist mythologies those conditions inspired. In order to express a counter-narrative to patriarchal-colonial representations of history and to discover previously excluded subject positions, rail- road worker’s accounts have been analyzed through a theoretical and methodological framework informed by feminist postcolonial theory with a focus on space and materiality. The article finds that colonial tropes are frequent in texts produced by elites, but rare in railroad worker’s accounts. Instead, the latter are characterized by the violence that colonial and capitalist practices have in common. For female work- ers, the ambivalence of rural colonial space enabled a certain degree of boundary transgression, yet at the cost of abjection.

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2018. p. 51-75
Keywords [en]
industrialization, domestic colonialism, spatial representation, lived experience, symbolic space, railroad workers
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History of Ideas
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History of Sciences and Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-394324OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-394324DiVA, id: diva2:1358698
Available from: 2019-10-08 Created: 2019-10-08 Last updated: 2019-10-11Bibliographically approved

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