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Study Travels in Theory and Practice: The Sweden-America Foundation and Its Fellows to the U.S., 1919-1939
Uppsala University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Studies in Education, Culture and Media.
2008 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 40, no 1-2, 126-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article describes and discusses the first 20 years of the history of the Sweden-America Foundation, 1919-1939. The main focus of the Foundation during this time was to establish an exchange of scholars, students, and professionals across the Atlantic Ocean. An analysis of this fellowship program is the main focus of the article. Different kinds of fellows of the Foundation are distinguished and their time in the U.S. is examined. The most important of the categories were 'free studies" and the "Industrial Fellows." In both of these categories, a link to the needs of Swedish trade and economy is discerned through a large, and over time increasing, proportion of a practical emphasis of the fellows' studies in America. Moreover, the Foundations position in Sweden is discussed. Through an agreement between the Foundation and the American authorities, the Sweden-America Foundation became the gatekeeper for Swedes who sought to study and travel in America. For the Foundation, a careful- and strategic-selection of its fellows was a way to act in the Swedish national interest.

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2008. Vol. 40, no 1-2, 126-139 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden-America Foundation, transatlantic contacts, transnational education, education and ecomomy, interwar period, Sweden and America
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Sociology of Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-139833ISI: 000263371600009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-139833DiVA: diva2:382204
Available from: 2010-12-30 Created: 2010-12-30 Last updated: 2011-12-23Bibliographically approved

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