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Notes from the Private Life of a Public Intellectual:: Alva Myrdal in the Service of the United Nations, 1949-1955
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2008 (English)In: Academics as Public Intellectuals, Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2008Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

As a top civil servant of the United Nations, Alva Myrdal, worked hard. She was in New York the principal director of the United Nations Department of Social Welfare 1949-1950 and thereby the highest-ranking woman in the UN organization, and then in Paris the director of the UNESCO's Department of Social Sciences 1951-1955. What was her private thoughts about this work? In letters to her husband Gunnar Myrdal she discussed the private sides of this public life. The question is why there are so few women public intellectuals. The archive material of letters is analysed to examine the gender-specific conditions of being a public intellectual.

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2008.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-17503ISBN: ISBN (19): 1-84718-476-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-17503DiVA: diva2:45274
Available from: 2008-06-25 Created: 2008-06-25

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