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Du skall hedra din fader och din moder på det att det må gå dig väl - konflikter mellan generationerna i 1700-talets Sverige och Finland
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2012 (Swedish)In: Människan, arbetet och historien: en vänbok till professor Tom Ericsson / [ed] Anders Brändström & Svante Norrhem, Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2012, 227-245 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Coming to age marks the end of childhood, but not of being someone’s son or daughter. This was especially true in a Lutheran patriarchal society like early modern Sweden, where the fourth commandment – “honour thy father and thy mother” – was also incorporated into secular law and “fatherhood” was the main metaphor for all authority, religious and secular alike. According to this ideology, a father’s rule over his household represented the most elementary and basic order of society. This was however not always a simple matter. A household among the landed farmers in most parts of Sweden and Finland typically included a husband, wife and minor children, and often as not, paternal or maternal grandparents as well. Regardless of whether the grandparents were retired or still working and in head of the household, the adult son or daughter and his or her spouse were expected to pay the elder generation due respect. The aim of this article is to discuss how the complexity of paternal authority which was thought to be the very foundation of social order, contributed to situations of ambivalent emotions and conflicts. 

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Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2012. 227-245 p.
, Historiska studier: skrifter från Umeå universitet, 3
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60167ISBN: 978-91-7459-473-7OAI: diva2:558470
Available from: 2012-10-03 Created: 2012-10-03 Last updated: 2013-05-20Bibliographically approved

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