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Konsten att konstruera en förmodernitet: Om folktro och skillnadsskapande i 1920-talets folkminnesforskares insamlingsarbete
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay analyses the construction of pre-modernity through folklore research in Sweden at Uppsala Landsmålsarkiv in the early 1900s. The study displays that the making of pre-modernity mainly depends on how the folklore scholars articulated differences between folklore and what they considered to be modern culture. The division between the two was formed when the folklore scholars observed what was considered to be the most primitive people: the common people or allmogen as the researchers called it. By studying pre-modernity as a binary opposite to modernity the dynamic relation between them can be revealed. Their binary nature contributes to the construction of them, as one cannot be created without the other. Through the folklore researchers preoccupation with the pre-modern they also had to define what was modern. The gathering of folklore was therefore a project that formed pre-modernity by creating a line between what is traditional and what is modern. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
pre-modernity, modernity, cultural boundaries, binary opposites, folklore research, folklore, 1900
Keyword [sv]
förmodernitet, modernitet, kulturella skillnader, binära motsatser, folkminnesforskning, folktro, 1900-talet
National Category
History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253924OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-253924DiVA: diva2:816617
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-03 Last updated: 2015-06-15Bibliographically approved

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