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Kålhuvuden och kopparputs: Läsaren som husmoder i svenska familjetidningar
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Of Cabbages and Copper Shine : The Reader as Homemaker in Swedish Domestic Magazines (English)
Abstract [en]

Domestic weekly magazines in Sweden are characterized by an emphasis on practical editorial material such as cooking recipes and knitting patterns, and also contain a comparatively large share of reader material. This makes it possible to study the readers through texts produced by themselves. The aim of this study of columns of readers' tips on domestic work is to analyze how readers embody a specific femininity centered around the woman as responsible for the home, in the sense of everyday maintenance as well as aesthetic development. The author defines this femininity as "home maker". The theoretical framework for the analysis is the sociological theory of Pierre Bourdieu, and Jonathan Potter's and Margaret Wetherell's model of interpretive repertoire is also used where modality is discussed. The "home maker" femininity is treated as a form of cultural capital which assumes symbolic status within the field of conventional femininity. The texts are seen as reproducing practices and systems of categorization and are also analyzed to ascertain to which level the writers feel confident to represent themselves as possessors of "home making" capital.


The author concludes that the "home making" described in the texts contains elements unique to working class femininity. This includes specifically a relationship to the home as "one's own" and an arena for self-expression, but traditional ideals such as economizing, orderliness and cleanliness, which can be traced to the culture of the pre-industrial agrarian proletariat, are also prominent.

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2012. , 27 p.
Keyword [sv]
Tidskrifter, Genus, Klass, Arbetarklass, Familjetidningar, Veckotidningar, Könsroller, Kvinnor
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-56938OAI: diva2:538514
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-30 Created: 2012-06-29 Last updated: 2012-08-29Bibliographically approved

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