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The politics of immortality: the funeral of an education minister and teacher unionist
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Number of Authors: 22019 (English)In: History of Education and Children's Literature, ISSN 1971-1093, E-ISSN 1971-1131, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 261-278Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The funeral of former Education Minister and teacher unionist Fridtjuv Berg in 1916 is analysed here from the perspective of collective remembrance. Drawing on obituaries and on media coverage depicting the funeral, this article discusses how the commemoration of Berg was an expression of two uncompleted achievements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: the rising social status of elementary school teachers and the emergence of a collective teacher identity. The funeral is analysed both as an expression of these tendencies and as an attempt to strengthen the very same tendencies, thereby counteracting the fact that the elementary school and its teachers were still haunted by a lack of social status as well as by fragmentation. Thus the funeral provided an opportunity to symbolically express cherished but precarious ideals.

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2019. Vol. 14, no 1, p. 261-278
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History of education, Memory, Funeral memories, Sweden, XIXth-XXth Centuries
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-170248ISI: 000468775500014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-170248DiVA, id: diva2:1329389
Available from: 2019-06-24 Created: 2019-06-24 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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