Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
The People’s Health, the Nation’s Health, the World’s Health: Folkhälsa and folkehelse in the Writings of Axel Höjer and Karl Evang
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4332-0357
2018 (English)In: Conceptualising Public Health: Historical and Contemporary Struggles over Key Concepts / [ed] Johannes Kananen, Sophy Bergenheim, Merle Wessel, London: Routledge, 2018, p. 76-100Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter investigates and compares the concepts of folkhälsa and folkehelse (literally, ‘people’s health’ in Swedish and Norwegian, respectively) in the works of two highly influential twentieth-century medical actors in Sweden and Norway, Axel Höjer and Karl Evang. Both were key actors in the construction of the welfare states in their respective countries. Both served as Chief Medical Officer: Höjer held this position in Sweden from 1935 to 1952, while Evang held it in Norway from 1938 to 1972. They were also both involved in international health work: At the end of the Second World War, Evang was one of the initiators behind the World Health Organization (WHO), and in the late 1940s and 1950s both he and Höjer were prominent actors in that organisation, where they also cooperated strategically on certain issues. In the 1950s and early 1960s, Höjer also worked with health issues in the field in India and Africa, mainly for the WHO.

How did these two actors use and understand the concepts of folkhälsa and folkehelse in their publications? What were the historical roots of the concepts, and how did they evolve over time? How were they understood in relation to different national and international contexts? And how, if at all, did the Swedish and Norwegian conceptions of ‘people’s health’ differ from each other?

Both Höjer and Evang published extensively, and we have also been able to build on unpublished source material from their comprehensive personal archives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018. p. 76-100
Series
Routledge Studies in Public Health
Keywords [en]
public health, healthcare, eugenics
Keywords [sv]
folkhälsa, Axel Höjer
Keywords [no]
folkehelse, Karl Evang
National Category
History of Ideas
Research subject
History of Ideas
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-156238ISBN: 9781138036833 (print)ISBN: 9781315178271 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-156238DiVA, id: diva2:1210187
Available from: 2018-05-26 Created: 2018-05-26 Last updated: 2018-05-29Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Berg, Annika
By organisation
Department of Culture and Aesthetics
History of Ideas

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 1 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf