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Young man, find your fortune: Guilds and the practices of social order in Sweden, 1650-1720
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3654-9770
2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of History, ISSN 0346-8755, E-ISSN 1502-7716Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article uses social practices to better understand the interrelations between a social ideology that decried aspiration and the practices of the young men bettering their lot in life when entering the Stockholm guilds. The path into guild membership is investigated regarding the inclusion of would-be members, their social networks, the materiality of documentation and the ideas, symbols and aspirations expressed in the process. The article shows that transition from one social position to another was laden with positive value and symbolism, and that this was underscored with the help of scores of participants apart from the would-be apprentice himself. These young men held a liminal position in society, but one that was understood as largely positive. They were deeply embedded within a local community, but with a direction in life, unmarried, skilled or wanting to acquire skill. While practices of social mobility opened paths for these young men, they also contained social order and the mobility of others.

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2019.
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guilds, social mobility, social order, social practice, Stockholm
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-175638DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2019.1667863ISI: 000490031300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-175638DiVA, id: diva2:1368557
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Riksbankens JubileumsfondAvailable from: 2019-11-07 Created: 2019-11-07 Last updated: 2019-11-11

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