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Culture and Customs of Sweden (Culture and Customs of Europe)by Byron J. Nordstrom
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Culture and Customs of Sweden is an ideal introduction to this fascinating nation. The book opens with a broad overview of the country and then examines specific themes such as religion, marriage, family, gender issues, education, holidays, popular customs, sports and leisure, media, literature, performing arts, art, and architecture.
Throughout, the author seeks to strike a balance between the history of these many aspects of contemporary Sweden and what is happening there today—at a time when Sweden is undergoing many profound changes. For example, the chapter on literature looks at both the development of Swedish literature since the Middle Ages and at current interests, themes, and writers. Each of the themes covered is central to introducing both Sweden's past and its present, facilitating the kind of understanding that is so important in this ever-shrinking world.
Book News Annotation:
Despite acknowledging the difficulty of characterizing a country's dynamic culture, Nordstrom (emeritus, Scandinavian history, Gustavus Adolophus College, St. Peter, MN) shows that there is much more to Sweden than Vikings, lutfisk, and IKEA. Following an overview of Sweden's history and people, including the "new Swedes" (immigrants); he discusses the changing nature of the family, status of women, and state-sponsored educational system; holidays and leisure activities; mass media; classic and contemporary literature; and folk and modern arts. The book includes a basic map, chronology, and b&w photos of notable Swedish personalities, architecture, artifacts, and celebrations. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
• Current examples in areas such as film, music, literature, art, and architecture can easily be explored more fully by readers
• Numerous photographs and illustrations present some of Sweden's most important people, places, works of art, buildings, etc.
• Looks at both the past and the present to facilitate an understanding of the development of Sweden's customs and culture that goes beyond a snapshot of the nation today
• Includes a multiethnic perspective essential to an understanding of contemporary Sweden
• Seeks to provide an understanding of how a national identity develops
This work is an in-depth look at many aspects of contemporary Swedish customs and culture that ties today's nation to an understanding of its history.
We tend to think of Sweden as a homogenous land of blonds munching on meatballs, lutfisk, and herring. Yet, the truth is that Sweden is a remarkably multicultural nation. What is modern Sweden really likeand how did it get that way?
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