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Is there a distinctly Swedish national character? Are Swedes truly shy, unemotional, conflict-avoiding, melancholy, and dour? Swedish Mentality, the English translation of the hugely successful book published in Sweden in 1989, considers the reality behind the myth. The author, Åke Daun, is a respected ethnologist who is sometimes referred to as the "guru" of Swedish character. In recent years, it has become popular to discuss Swedishness and Swedish identity. The advent of the European Union and the increasing presence of immigrant refugees in Sweden have fueled public debate on the distinctiveness of Swedish culture. Daun, however, goes beyond stereotype, drawing upon statistics gathered over more than a decade of research. The result is an entertaining and engagingly written book. Throughout, Daun quotes from interviews with native Swedes and immigrants as well as from travel accounts, folklore, and proverbs. We learn why some Swedes might prefer to walk up a flight of stairs rather than share an elevator with a neighbor and why some gain satisfaction from walking alone in the woods or going fishing. Daun describes a range of factors influencing Swedish character, including population composition, rural background, and even climate. He recognizes behavioral variations related to gender, age, class, and region, and he considers subtleties of individual character as well.

Swedish Mentality should interest a wide array of readers, whether of Swedish descent or not.

Synopsis:

Ake Daun, a respected ethnologist who is sometimes referred to as the 'guru' of Swedish character, goes beyond stereotype, drawing upon statistics gathered during more than a decade of research. He quotes from interviews with native Swedes and immigrants as well as from travel accounts, folklore, and proverbs. We learn why some Swedes might prefer to walk up a flight of stairs rather than share an elevator with a neighbor and why some gain satisfaction from walking alone in the woods or going fishing. 'Swedish Mentality' is an entertaining and engagingly written book that should interest a wide range of readers, whether or not of Swedish descent.

About the Author

Åke Daun is Professor and Head of the Institute of Ethnology at Stockholm University and the Nordic Museum. He is the author of many books in Swedish, but this is his first to be available in English.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271015026
Translator:
Teeland, Jan
Author:
Cooperman, David
Translator:
Teeland, Jan
Author:
Duan, Ake
Author:
Daun, Ake
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Europe - Scandinavia
Subject:
Scandinavia
Subject:
World History-Scandinavia
Subject:
Swedish Mentality
Subject:
Ake Daun
Subject:
0-271-01501-2
Subject:
0-271-01502-2
Subject:
shy
Subject:
unemotional
Subject:
conflict-avoiding
Subject:
Melancholy
Subject:
dour
Subject:
Swedishness
Subject:
Swedish identity
Subject:
European union
Subject:
immigrant refugees
Subject:
travel accounts
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Proverbs
Subject:
Population Composition
Subject:
rural background
Subject:
Climate
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
Age
Subject:
class
Subject:
Region
Subject:
individual character
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19951231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.50x5.55x.74 in. .82 lbs.

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Product details 248 pages Pennsylvania State University Press - English 9780271015026 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Ake Daun, a respected ethnologist who is sometimes referred to as the 'guru' of Swedish character, goes beyond stereotype, drawing upon statistics gathered during more than a decade of research. He quotes from interviews with native Swedes and immigrants as well as from travel accounts, folklore, and proverbs. We learn why some Swedes might prefer to walk up a flight of stairs rather than share an elevator with a neighbor and why some gain satisfaction from walking alone in the woods or going fishing. 'Swedish Mentality' is an entertaining and engagingly written book that should interest a wide range of readers, whether or not of Swedish descent.
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