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Ingen människa är en ö: om orsak och verkan i skapandet av en lokal identitet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2008 (Swedish)In: Arkeologi och identitet / [ed] Bodil Petersson & Peter Skoglund, Lund: Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens historia, Lunds universitet , 2008, p. 89-100Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

The island of Gotland is often regarded as being ”unique”; a view very much based upon the multitude of historical remnants on the island and on the view of the gotlandic society as being essentially different and autonomous throughout history. Both Gotlandic material culture and medieval written sources may be interpreted as expressing strong local identity for the island. But put in another perspective, they may just as well be considered as representing strong links with other areas. Gotlandic early medieval mentality and society might be seen as partaking rather than refraining, and as leaning towards change rather than towards conservation. I argue, that the Gotlander’s modern interest in maintaining the picture of the unique island – for political and economical reasons as well as for reasons of self-esteem – has combined with the failure of the archaeological discipline to integrate the theoretical advances of the last decades with its interpretations, and thus has created a false picture of Gotland in the past as a well-defined entity with a society essentially different from its contemporaries. The totality of an assemblage of material remains, accumulated over a long time, should not be confused with any specific historical situation in the past, and in particular not with any given individual of that society. No man is an island!

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Lund: Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens historia, Lunds universitet , 2008. p. 89-100
Series
Acta archaeologica Lundensia. Series altera in 8o, ISSN 0065-0994 ; 53
Keywords [en]
arkeologisk identitet, kulturell identitet, Gotland
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13714ISBN: 91-89578-20-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-13714DiVA, id: diva2:180234
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The Nordic TAG Conference 8, Lund 2005
Available from: 2008-04-29 Created: 2008-04-29 Last updated: 2012-11-01Bibliographically approved

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