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Lecture 5

Week 5 Readings

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Donna Young

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Week 5 October 5 2011Neighbourhoods142158 Orvar Lofgren The Sweetness of Home Class Culture and Family Life in SwedenQuality of life has become a popular concept and this is something which really concerns the homemakerWe need a feeling of hominessMost things can be marketed today even feelings like homelinessThe concepts of home and family are powerful symbolic images and metaphors in Western culture but the way they have been used differs widely between classes periods and social settingsThis paper explores the gap between ideals and realities in home and family among Swedes during the last hundred yearsHow are ideas about domesticity anchored in everyday rituals and routines how are they communicated and internalized in social lifeSuch a cultural analysis calls for a historical perspective in order to demonstrate how notion of home gender and family life are produced and reproduced in society how different classes develop their cultural constructs of domestic life in a dialectical dependence on and in opposition to other classesThe late Oscarian period of Swedish history is the period when a bourgeois lifestyle emerged as a distinct and elaborated dominant culture in Swedish societyThe second part of the paper d
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