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When character became capital: The advent of the self-made man in Sweden, 1850–1900
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2003 (English)In: Men and Masculinities, ISSN 1097-184X, E-ISSN 1552-6828, Vol. 5, no 1, 53-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article argues that the American ideal of the self-made man came to be an important meaning of manhood in the Swedish middle class after 1850. It discusses the ideal of self-making and its relation both to earlier masculinities and briefly to other masculine ideals of the late nineteenth century. The purpose is to showboth what the newideal of the self-making man meant and that the ideal was never completely hegemonic. Even while men’s striving for riches became a mark of manhood, other, even contrary meanings of manhood existed.

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2003. Vol. 5, no 1, 53-79 p.
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self-made man, success manuals, masculinities, independence, advice manuals, middle class, Sweden, nineteenth century, homosocial
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-27344DOI: 10.1177/1097184X02005001003OAI: diva2:213817
Available from: 2009-04-29 Created: 2009-04-29 Last updated: 2015-10-07Bibliographically approved

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