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Nödhjälp på villovägar: implementering av en filantropisk välfärdsidé, Norrbottens arbetsstugor 1903-1954
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2008 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines the implementation of a philanthropically project called Norrbottens arbetsstugor which were launched during the famine of 1903. The project initially aimed to hinder starvation among children to poor families and was arranged in a similar way as boarding-out schools. Children to poor families were offered this temporary solution and during their stay they received board and lodging as well as schooling and work practice. However, the project continues until 1954 although the threat of famine is hindered fairly promptly which indicates that new policies were introduced. Therefore, the inquiry focuses on how actors on different levels in the implementation structure adapt and transform the philanthropically policy to suit their respective needs and goals. The study is divided into two phases, a so called initial phase and an expansion phase.

The implementation is investigated via archive material from the philanthropically organisation itself, Stiftelsen Norrbottens Läns arbetsstugor, as well as from local governments (kommunala skolråd) and representatives of the Swedish government (folkskoleinspektörer).

The study shows how policies of childcare becomes blurry or difficult to fulfil due to insufficient means, lack of control or because of absence of recognized tools to evaluate the activity. Commonly, implementation studies sought to show how well or misused the policy has been obeyed after its introduction. This study shows rather how a policy can work fruitfully even though, or thanks to, its intentions are reformulated by different actors. This of course, awakes questions of moral characters. The study also highlights the importance to investigate, in this case a philanthropically case, not only as such, but as a project that is ongoing on several levels. This gives us the opportunity to see what, for example, the conception of ‘good childcare’ means and how it is defined depending on the level studied. To put it short: when studied in different levels, we may unveil the different meanings of a concept.

Keywords: Norrbotten, early 20th century, childcare, boarding-school, philanthropy, assimilation, implementation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Sociologi , 2008. , 298 p.
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, ISSN 1104-2508 ; A 52
Keyword [en]
Norrbotten, early 20th century, arbetsstugor, skolhem, filantropi, assimilering, implementering, childcare, boarding-school, philanthropy, assimilation, implementation, Norrbotten, 1900-tal, barnavård
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1631ISBN: 978-91-7264-565-3OAI: diva2:141612
Public defence
2008-05-23, S205, Samhällsvetarhuset, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2008-04-30 Created: 2008-04-30 Last updated: 2009-11-30Bibliographically approved

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