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How much did a Swedish Schoolhouse Cost to Build?: Rewriting the history of 19th-century rural schoolhouses
Uppsala University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Studies in Education, Culture and Media. (SEC - Sociology of Education and Culture)
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of History, ISSN 0346-8755, E-ISSN 1502-7716, Vol. 39, no 4, 448-471 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How much did the 19th-century rural schoolhouse cost to build? On the basis of a study of schoolhouse building in the Sundsvall region in the period 1842–1900, this article shows how the cost of school buildings increased over time, both overall and by schoolhouse, largely because of the marginalization of cheaper and simpler redevelopment projects, as well as the construction of a number of more expensive schoolhouses. Through the use of extensive source material, preserved from the building of 66 schoolhouses, a more detailed analysis of these developments has demonstrated differences in price levels between purchased schoolhouses, redevelopments of existing buildings and new building projects, and buildings intended for different types of schools. Insights are also given into labour and material costs. In addition to establishing basic facts about a main feature of the expanding system of mass education, this study thus makes a reinterpretation of the 19th-century rural schoolhouse which emphasizes new patterns of development and fundamental distinctions, presenting schoolhouses as a social and economic issue, rather than an architectural or pedagogical concern. Instead of being described as rather simple buildings, in comparison with the major buildings in the cities, schoolhouses thus appear as a major item of expenditure for local government.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Vol. 39, no 4, 448-471 p.
Keyword [en]
mass education, schoolhouse, building expenses, 19th century
Keyword [sv]
utbildningshistoria, folkskolan, skolhus
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Sociology of Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232443DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2014.939223ISI: 000342306100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-232443DiVA: diva2:748079
Folkskolans finansiering
Swedish Research Council, 721-2009-4724
Available from: 2014-09-18 Created: 2014-09-18 Last updated: 2014-11-05Bibliographically approved

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