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”Maskinmodernitet och dystopisk lycka: den sociala ingenjörskonstens Sverige, upplaga Huntford 1971”
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History of Literature and History of Ideas, Department of History of Ideas.
2009 (Swedish)In: Polhem: Teknikhistorisk årsbok 2006-2007, ISSN 1653-4964Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The British Conservative Roland Huntford’s anathema in The New Totalitarians (1971) bids a link between the fight by means of images of Sweden in the surrounding world 1932-76, and the domestic creation of images of the nation’s recent past in the subsequent decades. The common element is the theme of social engineering, and this essay aims to raise the question how the link might be interpreted, given that Huntford’s analysis was well known in Sweden (probably more than any statement in the external debates), and given that his theme of social engineering was an essential part of a theoretical framework which claimed technological development to be heading towards control on the socio-cultural level – but also a piece of ammunition in contemporary struggles over the welfare state.

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Keyword [en]
Sweden, People's Home, welfare state, dystopia, Roland Hundford
Keyword [sv]
folkhemmet välfärdsstaten dystopi Roland Huntford
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History of Ideas
Research subject
History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-30657OAI: diva2:273394
Available from: 2009-10-21 Created: 2009-10-21

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