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Heightened Feelings! Emotions as 'Capital' in the Swedish Suffrage Movement
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2009 (English)In: Women's History Review, ISSN 0961-2025, Vol. 18, no 2, 181-201 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with six Swedish suffragists who belonged to an informal network in the suffrage organisation and who corresponded over the twenty years that the struggle for the vote took in Sweden,  from 1902 to 1921. The analysis takes place on two levels; on the one hand it deals with the women's description of their emotial experience and on the other with how these feelings were constructed and used in political propaganda as a kind of "capital" - in demonstrations, public meetings or festive occasions. The suffragists on the barricades lived at a time of much drama and many tensions and the period generated powerful feelings that could be utilised in the campaign for the vote.The theoretical framework is Randall Collins model of "interaction rituals" where he argues that feelings are of great importance for social movements in particular.


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London: Routledge , 2009. Vol. 18, no 2, 181-201 p.
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gender history, suffrage, biography, emotions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31525DOI: 10.1080/09612020802316694ISI: 000264826800001OAI: diva2:277514
Genus, medborgarskap och offentlig politik
Available from: 2009-11-19 Created: 2009-11-19 Last updated: 2009-11-20Bibliographically approved

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