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Klass, människovärde och pengar
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2008 (Swedish)In: Arbetarhistoria, no 3-4Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [sv]

Class, human worth and money

This article discusses class, economy and culture in a rather down-to-earth way. Empirically the study focuses on debates on household budgets and the growing anxieties of economical decline among the Swedish middle classes during the first half of the twentieth century. Class is conventionally defined by socio-economical or/and cultural criteria. The point of this paper is to analyse source material about the economical situation of (self-defined) middle class groups from a cultural perspective. Theoretically I address the question how people try to make the seemingly contradictory economic value and ideal values commeasurable in everyday practice. In other words I show by three historical examples how writings about financial issues can shed light on cultural and moral boundaries between classes and how the ambiguous concept of value/values can be used as an analytical tool in the study of class.

My examples are from 1.) a book published 1907 discussing the ”wage regulation” in the household (Hemmens lönereglering by Elna Tenow). 2.) pieces of financial advice to private persons offered by the home economics experts of the Taxpayers’ Organisation from the 1920ies to the 1940ies and 3.) an extensive newspaper debate in1950 called ”Justice to the Middle Class”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. no 3-4
Keyword [en]
medelklass, klass, pengar, privatekonomi, värde
National Category
History Economic History History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-14701OAI: diva2:181221
Available from: 2008-10-25 Created: 2008-10-25 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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