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Social Reform Collaboration and Gendered Academization: Three Swedish Social Science Couples at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (English)In: For Better or For Worse?: Collaborative Couples in the Sciences / [ed] Lykknes, Annette; Opitz, Donald L.; Van Tiggelen, Brigitte, Heidelberg: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2012, 44, 193-220 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The chapter focuses on three social science couples in Sweden at the turn of the twentieth century, of which the men are all well-known as pioneers of academic economics and sociology: Knut Wicksell, Gustaf Steffen, and Gustav Cassel. Far less known in the history of the social sciences are their wives: Anna Wicksell, Oscara Steffen, and Johanna Cassel. Hence, the basic questions posed in this context are if and, if so, how they contributed to their husbands’ careers? By doing so, the essay emphasizes, on the one hand, the ldquo;private,rdquo; gender-relational and routinized everyday practices of scientific knowledge production and, on the other hand, its wider historical, social and cultural contexts. The main argument developed is that such a perspective highlights the cognitive role of the contemporary social reform movement as an arena, which offered collaborative spaces for male as well as female initiatives important to the academization of social science. But it is also shown that the movement at the same time was a social and cultural context where traditional gender values and practices were both reproduced and reconstructed.

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Heidelberg: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2012, 44. 193-220 p.
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-56493DOI: 10.1007/978-3-0348-0286-4_8ISBN: 978-3-0348-0285-7OAI: diva2:535334
Available from: 2012-06-21 Created: 2012-06-19 Last updated: 2012-06-21Bibliographically approved

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