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Medborgarmönstringen inom högern 1915–1936: En begreppshistorisk och diskursorienterad undersökning av medborgarbegreppets utbredning, mening och funktion inom Allmänna valmansförbundet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Gathering and Mustering of Citizens by the Swedish Right Wing 1915–1936 : A Conceptual and Discursive Study of the Distribution, Meaning and Function of the Concept of Citizen within the Allmänna valmansförbundet (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

During the 1920s and 1930s, the Swedish right-wing party Allmänna valmansförbundet (AVF) made citizen into a key concept within their political vocabulary and practice. This thesis examines the distribution, meaning and function of the concept of citizen within the AVF between 1915 and 1936. By using theoretical and methodological perspectives from both the English (Skinner) and German (Koselleck) side of conceptual history vis-à-vis Begriffsgeschischte, this study illuminates how a discursive framework took place within the AVF and expanded throughout the organisation. The constitutional reforms 1918/1921 and the organisational strength from opposite parties, stressed the importance for the AVF to assemble the citizens around conservative value laden concepts: responsibility, ansvar, and public participation, offentlighet. This new situation in political and social life, pushed the AVF towards a reorganisation. The aim was to educate the masses, women and youth into conservative citizens. Citizen became the sole tool in (i) upholding the traditional heritage between folk–state, and (ii) enabling the AVF citizen discourse to spread throughout the society. This study shows the multiple meaning and functions of the citizen concept within the AVF.  It provides a new understanding of how collective concepts became an important part of the struggle for power during the democratization process in Swedish political history and must in that respect be seen as an antithesis to the collective concepts of the Social Democratic Party during this period.  

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2015. , 99 p.
Keyword [sv]
Medborgare, Medborgarbegrepp, Högern, Allmänna valmansförbundet, Arvid Lindman, Politik, Begreppshistoria, Diskurs, Demokrati, Folk, Reinhart Koselleck, Quentin Skinner, Jan Ifversen, Citizen concept, Politik, Conceptual History
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History and Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133069OAI: diva2:956556
Available from: 2016-08-31 Created: 2016-08-30 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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