Culture Builders: A Historical Anthropology of Middle-class Life

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Rutgers University Press, 1987 - Social Science - 321 pages
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"Explains brilliantly the structures and processes of middle-class culture in historical perspective."--Robert Nye, Rutgers University "[This] illuminating study of the Swedish middle class around the turn of the century . . . is one welcome sign that bourgeois, too, are once again recognized as parts of society worth studying . . . to be understood rather than to be savaged. Culture Builders is a welcome sign of yet another development: the ease with which historical studies may be integrated with neighboring disciplines."--Journal of Modern History "The authors take an impressively broad intellectual perspective. . . . The everyday routines of bourgeoisie, peasantry, and working class are dramatically portrayed through a skillful weaving together of excerpts from ethnological archives, schoolbooks, memoirs, novels, and etiquette manuals . . . provides insight into the sociocultural complexities, conflicts, and contradictions that are ignored in widely held national stereotypes."--American Anthropologist "Unites historical and ethnological approaches so as to present a way of life that will be of interest not only to scholars of Scandinavia but to historians, sociologists, and everyone trying to describe and interpret the bourgeois Western culture during the nineteenth century."--Ethnos Jonas Frykman and Orvar Lofgren teach in the Department of European Ethnology at the University of Lund, Sweden.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD BY JOHN GILLIS
1
RATIONAL AND SENSITIVE
11
The Nature Lovers
42
The Cultural Basis of Physical Aversion
157
5
174
6
186
Bourgeois Discipline
221
A CULTURE ON THE MOVE
265
BIBLIOGRAPHY
285
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Orvar Lofgren, Professor of European Ethnology at the University of Lund, Sweden, has written a dozen books. His best-known work is also in English: "Culture Builders: A Historical Anthropology of Middle-Class Life "(with Jonas Frykman, 1987).

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