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Ett år med Ester:: En mikrohistorisk undersökning av det sociala nätverket och känslolivet hos en småskollärare vid sekelskiftet 1900
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). (History and Education)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0180-5762
2017 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 137, no 3, 379-410 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Med en mikrohistorisk ansats undersöks småskolläraren Ester Vikströms dagbok1901–1902. Studien fokuserar på Esters vardag i det offentliga och privata rummetutifrån hennes sociala nätverk och känsloliv. Analysen visar att Ester hade ettstort nätverk och utbyte med många aktörer från olika samhällsskikt. Dagbokenutgjorde samtidigt ett privat rum där hon kunde återge händelser och känslor omän inte alltid i klartext.

Abstract [en]

At the dawn of the twentieth century (1901–1902), the nineteen-year-oldjunior school teacher Ester Vikström kept a diary. Ester worked in a smallcoastal village in northern Sweden where she was the only teacher. Througha microhistorical approach this study aims to explore the public and privatelife of Ester by focusing on her social networks and emotional life. The studyuses female agency, a life course approach and concepts from the historyof emotions to analyze her diary. The main findings show that Ester wasvery active in the local community and had a broad social network, whichincluded social ties on many different levels in the social hierarchy. Esterhad her closest friends among sea captains’ wives, maidservants and a dockworkers family, where she met her future husband. However, Ester was also afriend of the most prominent persons in the community, the doctor and thepriest. Her everyday life in the village included involvement with numerousassociations such as the home sewing association, the temperance movementand a choral society. In the diary Ester shared much of her emotional lifeby recounting her experiences and thoughts, which were characterized bya wide spectrum of different emotions: Esters physical and psychologicalstatus, her thoughts and empathy in the case of accidents or diseases, theinteraction with her students etc. One category of emotions and thoughtsis distinguished from the others, the relationship to her fiancée and futurehusband Emil. This can be seen in Ester’s diary because she uses cipher whenshe writes about her feelings for Emil. The concluding remarks of this studyargue that Ester made use of her agency to integrate in the local community.The diary reveals an intriguing and eventful phase in her life course duringher pathway to adulthood. Her custom to use cipher when writing about herdeepest and most personal emotions can be viewed as a way to write aboutsomething that was not really accepted by the predominant “emotional regime” in the village.

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Stockholm, 2017. Vol. 137, no 3, 379-410 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, 20th century, microhistory, female agency, junior school teacher, social networks, emotional life, rural schools
Keyword [sv]
1900-tal, mikrohistoria, småskollärare, dagbok, sociala nätverk, känsloliv, landsbygd, kvinnligt aktörskap, kvinnlig agens, småskola
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History
Research subject
history of education; History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-139637OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-139637DiVA: diva2:1142517
Available from: 2017-09-19 Created: 2017-09-19 Last updated: 2017-09-19

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