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Från politik till praktik: de svenska steriliseringslagarna 1935-1975
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2002 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The subject of this thesis is the Swedish policy of eugenic and non-eugenic sterilisation 1935-75. It aims to describe and analyse the policy-making process in Parliament and its implementations on the central (National Board of Health) and local levels. A central theme is the way in which the sterilisation policy was formed and transformed, throughout the policy-making process and over time. This is, in part, explained by the personnel at the National Board of Health, acting at their own discretion, and various officials, groups and individuals at the local levels. Another issue dealt with is the use of coercion and pressure, especially up to the early 1950s.

Due to the transformations during the policy process, and chronologically, the sterilisations in Sweden 1935-75 cannot be understood as the outcome of one specific political program or goal. It is probably possible to distinguish at least three different ”sterilisation policies” rather than one: first a eugenic policy which was formulated by the state, with participation of professionals, which influenced the general implementation in the 1930s and 1940s; second a policy originating from institutions and social boards at the local level with emphasis on coercion and persuasion, but motivated by local concerns rather than eugenics; and thirdly a post-war policy gradually evolving from the below and with a stronger focus on the interests and preferences of the individual. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International , 2002. , 618 p.
Series
Stockholm studies in history, ISSN 0491-0842 ; 63
Keyword [en]
eugenics, sterilisation, social policy, welfare state, Swedish 20th century history
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History
Research subject
History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80907Libris ID: 8407930ISBN: 91-22-01958-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-80907DiVA: diva2:558231
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2002-04-05, 10:00
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Available from: 2012-10-02 Created: 2012-10-02 Last updated: 2017-10-19Bibliographically approved

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