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Embedding preparedness, assigning responsibility: the role of film in sociotechnical imaginaries of civil defence
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0080-3324
Department of History, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
2022 (English)In: Cold war civil defence in Western Europe: sociotechnical imaginaries of survival and preparedness / [ed] Marie Cronqvist; Rosanna Farbøl; Casper Sylvest, Springer, 2022, p. 103-128Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter examines the role of film and television in embedding sociotechnical imaginaries of civil defence during the early nuclear age (c. 1949-1965) by zooming in on Sweden and Denmark, two neighbouring countries that differed both in terms of their political position in the Cold War and in the scale of their civil defence efforts. Following a theoretical discussion of the psychosocial effects of films and their manner of circulation, we analyse Swedish and Danish films in two periods demarcated by the thermonuclear disruption of civil defence during the mid-1950s. The analysis highlights how films were used to frame technologies and script and perform social norms. We argue that films constitute an important source for understanding the difficulties of embedding sociotechnical imaginaries of civil defence.

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Springer, 2022. p. 103-128
Keywords [en]
Civil defence, Denmark, Embedding, Film, H bomb, Preparedness, Responsibility, Sweden
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Studies on Film
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-208228DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-84281-9_5Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85153840441ISBN: 9783030842819 (electronic)ISBN: 9783030842802 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-208228DiVA, id: diva2:1756397
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First Online: 07 December 2021

Available from: 2023-05-11 Created: 2023-05-11 Last updated: 2023-05-11Bibliographically approved

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