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’I never liked doing housework’: A discussion on intersections of norms, made visible by a woman doing men’s work in forestry in mid-20th century Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2010 (English)In: Rural History 2010: An international conference held at the University of Sussex, UK13-16 September 2010, 2010Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Rosemarie Fiebranz – ‘I never liked doing housework’: a discussion onintersections of norms, made visible by a woman doing men’s work in forestry inmid-twentieth-century SwedenThe 75-year old, retired woman lumberjack’s narratives are illuminating in many ways. She wasoften observing ‘from outside’, but as she had been brought up by her elderly grandparents, shewas also familiar with the lumberjacks’ households’ traditional organisation of work. During herworking life, starting c.1950, forestry changed a lot; the work was mechanised, and the maleworkforce gradually became employed all the year round. The older way of life, with small-scalefarming for additional maintenance, faded away, and with it, for example, women’s customarywork role in cattle-tending. In my paper, I will discuss the prospects to understand the constructionand change of distinctions of work along the lines of gender, class, age and civil status, in times ofsweeping social and economic transformation. With the help of the narratives of an individual whobroke established norms in many respects, I hope to catch sight of possible hidden contents, gapsand contradictions in the representation of the working life in Swedish forestry around the middleof the twentieth century. Further interviews with lumberjacks’ (house-)wives are used forcomparison.

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forestry, gender, intersectionality, Sweden, 20th century
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-134466OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-134466DiVA: diva2:372578
Rurual History 2010
Skogsbygdsliv - ett intersektionellt perspektiv på förändringsprocesser i Mellannorrland ca 1930-1975
Available from: 2010-11-26 Created: 2010-11-26 Last updated: 2011-01-18Bibliographically approved

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