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Title: Styvbarnen i folkhemmet? Utanförskap i svenska barndomsskildringar
Other Titles: Stepchildren in the folkhem? The Experience of Social Exclusion in Swedish Novels on Childhood
Authors: Żmuda-Trzebiatowska, Magdalena
Keywords: Utanförskap
Modern svensk prosa
Jonas Gardell
Lena Andersson
Susanna Alakoski
Torbjörn Flygt
Mikael Niemi
social exclusion
Swedish welfare state
The Swedish folkhem
novels on childhood
contemporary Swedish prose
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Versita
Citation: Folia Scandinavica Posnaniensia vol. 14, 2012, pp. 157-177
Abstract: The subject of the article is the experience of social exclusion present in five contemporary novels on childhood and adolescence spent in the Swedish folkhem, by Jonas Gardell, Lena Andersson, Mikael Niemi, Torbjörn Flygt and Susanna Alakoski. In the first part of the article I am discussing social exclusion as a term used in the debate about the Swedish welfare-state in crisis. The second part is an analysis of the literary texts, using a sociological perspective. I am focusing there on portraits of the children that are main characters in the novels, the children whose personal identity is being shaped in the shadow of the collective dream of a perfect society. Asking a question about the specifically Swedish character of those children’s sense of exclusion, I am referring to the words of the social democratic leader Per Albin Hansson, who in his speech of 1928, presented a vision of Sweden as a happy and fair common home (folkhem), in which there is no place for either favored citizens (“darlings”), or for second-class citizens (“stepchildren”).
ISSN: 2299-6885
Appears in Collections:Folia Scandinavica Posnaniensia, 2012, nr 14

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