Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia uses case studies to explore how knowledge circulated in the different public arenas that shaped politics, economics and cultural life in and across postwar Scandinavia, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s.
This book focuses on a period when the term "knowledge society" was coined and rapidly found traction. In Scandinavia, society’s relationship to rational forms of knowledge became vital to the self-understanding and political ambitions of the era. Taking advantage of contemporary discussions about the circulation, arenas, forms, applications and actors of knowledge, contributors examine various forms of knowledge – economic, environmental, humanistic, religious, political, and sexual – that provide insight into the making and functioning of postwar Scandinavian societies and offer innovative studies that contribute to the development of the history of knowledge at large. The concentration on knowledge rather than the welfare state, the Cold War or the new social and political movements, which to date have attracted the lion’s share of scholarly attention, ensures the book makes a historiographical intervention in postwar Scandinavian historiography.
Offering a stimulating point of departure for those interested in the history of knowledge and the circulation of knowledge, this is a vital resource for students and scholars of postwar Scandinavia that provides fresh perspectives and new methodologies for exploration.
Histories of knowledge in postwar Scandinavia
Johan Östling, Niklas Olsen, and David Larsson Heidenblad
Part 1: The environment and global crises
1. Nuclear fallout as risk: Denmark and the thermonuclear revolution
2. Georg Borgström and the population-food dilemma: Reception and consequences in Norwegian public debate, 1950s and 1960s
3. The emergence of environmental journalism in 1960s Sweden: Methodological reflections on working with digitalised newspapers
David Larsson Heidenblad
4. "Revolt from the center": Socio-environmental protest from idea to praxis in Denmark, 1978–1993
Part 2: Economy, politics, and the welfare state
5. The Galbraithian moment: Affluence and critique of growth in Scandinavia, 1958–1972
6. Welfare state criticism as elite criticism in 1970s Denmark
7. The entrepreneur’s dream: Credit card history between PR and academic research
8. State feminism revisited as lieux de savoir: Fabrics of the Scandinavian knowledge society, c. 1960–1980
Part 3: Education, culture, and the humanities
9. The city, the church, and the 1960s: On secularisation theory and the Swedish translation of Harvey Cox’s The Secular City
10. Sex education and the state: Norwegian schools as arenas of knowledge in the 1970s
Kari Hernæs Nordberg
11. Mobilising the outsider: Crises and histories of the humanities in the 1970s Scandinavian welfare states
Hampus Östh Gustafsson
12. Revolting against the established book market: Book cafes as key actors within the counterpublic of the Scandinavian New Left
Scandinavia: A Corporatist Model of Knowledge?
The expertise of the history of knowledge is essential in tackling the issues and concerns surrounding present-day global knowledge society. Books in this series historicize and critically engage with the concept of knowledge society, with conceptual and methodological contributions enabling the historian to analyse and compare the origins, formation and development of knowledge societies. The first volumes in the series are the result of a project ‘Creating a knowledge society in a globalizing world, 1450-1800’, which received funding through an internationalization grant from NWO (Dutch Science Foundation). The project explores manifestations of knowledge societies, moving away from a teleological model inherent in many discussions of modernity.