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Svedin, G. (2017). Den svenska tillitens historiska vagga. In: : . Paper presented at Svenska Historikermötet 2017, Sundsvall, 10–12 maj 2017.
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2017 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32627 (URN)
Conference
Svenska Historikermötet 2017, Sundsvall, 10–12 maj 2017
Available from: 2017-12-27 Created: 2017-12-27 Last updated: 2018-01-02Bibliographically approved
Svedin, G. (2017). Den svenska tillitens historiska vagga. Några kritiska anmärkningar. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 119(4), 781-801
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den svenska tillitens historiska vagga. Några kritiska anmärkningar
2017 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 119, no 4, p. 781-801Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
History Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32624 (URN)
Available from: 2017-12-27 Created: 2017-12-27 Last updated: 2018-07-04Bibliographically approved
Svedin, G. (2017). Landsbygd i omvandling: Modernisering, dryckenskap och alkoholpolitiki Njurunda, 1860–1920. In: Lars-Erik Edlund & Elżbieta Strzelecka (Ed.), Mellannorrland i centrum: Språkliga och historiska studier tillägnade professor Eva Nyman (pp. 311-328). Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundets Handlingar 77 & Nordsvenska 26
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Landsbygd i omvandling: Modernisering, dryckenskap och alkoholpolitiki Njurunda, 1860–1920
2017 (Swedish)In: Mellannorrland i centrum: Språkliga och historiska studier tillägnade professor Eva Nyman / [ed] Lars-Erik Edlund & Elżbieta Strzelecka, Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundets Handlingar 77 & Nordsvenska 26 , 2017, p. 311-328Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundets Handlingar 77 & Nordsvenska 26, 2017
Series
Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundets Handlingar 77 & Nordsvenska 26, ISSN 0560-2416, E-ISSN 0282-7182 ; 77 & 26
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32625 (URN)978-91-86438-58-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-12-27 Created: 2017-12-27 Last updated: 2018-01-04Bibliographically approved
Svedin, G. (2017). The Study of Historical Criminality: A Discussion of the Field and the Methods of Research. In: : . Paper presented at Social Science History Association (SSHA) 2017, Montreal, November 2-5, 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Study of Historical Criminality: A Discussion of the Field and the Methods of Research
2017 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32626 (URN)
Conference
Social Science History Association (SSHA) 2017, Montreal, November 2-5, 2017
Available from: 2017-12-27 Created: 2017-12-27 Last updated: 2018-01-02Bibliographically approved
Svedin, G. (2016). Mellan kapitalet och staten: Lokal alkoholpolitik i brytningstid - Sundsvall och moderniseringen cirka 1860-1930. In: Den nya staten: Ideologi och samhällsförändring kring sekelskiftet 1900 (pp. 51-86). Nordic Academic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mellan kapitalet och staten: Lokal alkoholpolitik i brytningstid - Sundsvall och moderniseringen cirka 1860-1930
2016 (Swedish)In: Den nya staten: Ideologi och samhällsförändring kring sekelskiftet 1900, Nordic Academic Press, 2016, p. 51-86Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordic Academic Press, 2016
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29618 (URN)978-91-88168-64-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-12-16 Created: 2016-12-16 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved
Svedin, G. (2016). The Development of Lethal Violence in the West from the Middle Ages to the Present. In: : . Paper presented at The Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (SASS), New Orleans, US, 28-30 April 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Development of Lethal Violence in the West from the Middle Ages to the Present
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29621 (URN)
Conference
The Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (SASS), New Orleans, US, 28-30 April 2016
Available from: 2016-12-16 Created: 2016-12-16 Last updated: 2016-12-20Bibliographically approved
Svedin, G. (2016). What Happened to Lethal Violence?: The Development of Lethal Violence during the Modernization in the West. In: : . Paper presented at Social Science History Association 2016, November 17-20, 2016, Chicago, US.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What Happened to Lethal Violence?: The Development of Lethal Violence during the Modernization in the West
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29620 (URN)
Conference
Social Science History Association 2016, November 17-20, 2016, Chicago, US
Available from: 2016-12-16 Created: 2016-12-16 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved
Svedin, G. (2015). "En ohyra på samhällskroppen": Kriminalitet, kontroll och modernisering i Sverige och Sundsvallsdistriktet under 1800- och det tidiga 1900-talet. (Doctoral dissertation). Höör: Symposion Brutus Östlings bokförlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"En ohyra på samhällskroppen": Kriminalitet, kontroll och modernisering i Sverige och Sundsvallsdistriktet under 1800- och det tidiga 1900-talet
2015 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis presents an analysis of crime trends and social control during the dramatic transformation of Sweden's social landscape in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, set against the background of the modernization process in the country as a whole and the city of Sundsvall and environs in particular. What assumptions about crime were evident in public debate? How did crime levels vary from region to region, and what were the changes over time? What strategies did government and local authorities try for combating crime? Did the joint efforts by government, local communities, and the voluntary sector actually solve the problems that social change was believed to have caused?When it comes to theory, the interpretative framework is based on Anthony Giddens's argument about modernity and modernization, making particular use of a few central points about what the changes meant for the structuration of society. Giddens's ideas about changes in social control are refined with Michel Foucault's and David Garland's work on the increasingly disciplinary trend seen in the exercise of the law and public control. The analysis of modernity's ramifications for the transformation of both social structures and crime alike has also benefitted from Robert Putnam's and Travis Hirschi's insights into the importance of social capital and social bonds for a well-functioning, low-crime society.The process by which Sweden was transformed from an overwhelmingly agrarian country to an urban, industrial society left its mark on crime patterns. To the contemporary mind, industrialization, migration, and urbanization were the underlying causes of the high levels of serious crime in the society. The start of the nineteenth century had seen a rise in criminality, with both petty crime and lethal violence becoming more common. At the same time, there was a heated debate about the socio-economic problems that were such a strain on the structure of society. The analysis finds that there were large differences in prosecutions in the country and between cities. The Sundsvall area was among those that saw a dramatic change in crime in the course of becoming a major industrial region. At the same time, the thesis shows that there were plenty of cities in Sweden, however rapidly they grew, that had low crime rates. However, the widespread fear of industrialization, migration, and urbanization was often unfounded. For example, both lethal violence and public order offences reached their lowest recorded levels in the interwar period. By then, new cures were sought for the social and moral ills of society. The state's sphere of influence had expanded. New social reforms, including a modified crime policy, were launched. The state became even more assertive, and the same was true of civil society. Society would attend to the moral education of a number of different groups. Moral virtues were to be instilled in the workshy, alcoholic, or criminal, in order to produce disciplined and cultured citizens. The attention of social activists, the scientific community, civil servants, and local and national politicians shifted from crime per se to the far broader issue of asociality. Modernization gave the voluntary sector a significant role in the social organization of the day, shaping new forums for interpersonal relationships and strengthening social ties. The thesis makes the case that two distinct periods, each with its specific social structures and crime patterns, can be observed; one belonging to the nineteenth century, the other to the first four decades of the twentieth century.Finally, the similarities between the history of crime in Sweden and, for example, the US or the UK are highlighted. As in Britain and North America, the early industrialization period saw weakened social bonds, and a time of greater violence and disorder ensued. After a while however, the situation stabilized, and crime rates began to drop again. When industrial societies ceased to be 'frontier communities' at the forefront of modernization, and instead became more mature communities, crime levels fell as people's commitment to their communities was renewed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Höör: Symposion Brutus Östlings bokförlag, 2015. p. 324
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X
Keywords
Criminality, crime policy, theft, violence, drunkenness, public order, police, social control, modernization, crime, social capital, migration, industrialization, urbanization, social bonds, civil society, popular movements, 19th century Sweden, 20th century Sweden, Sundsvall, social change, delinquency, asociality
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-24942 (URN)978-91-87483-15-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-06-09, O102, Åkroken Holmgatan 10, Sundsvall, 13:15
Opponent
Available from: 2015-05-18 Created: 2015-05-18 Last updated: 2015-06-18Bibliographically approved
Svedin, G. (2015). The origins of trust in Sweden – some critical remarks. In: : . Paper presented at Social Science History Association (SSHA)2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The origins of trust in Sweden – some critical remarks
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26726 (URN)
Conference
Social Science History Association (SSHA)2015
Available from: 2015-12-21 Created: 2015-12-21 Last updated: 2015-12-22Bibliographically approved
Svedin, G. (2014). Crime- or Class Control?: The Swedish Police Force and Modernization, ca. 1850-1940. In: : . Paper presented at 39th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 6-9, 2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Crime- or Class Control?: The Swedish Police Force and Modernization, ca. 1850-1940
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-23993 (URN)
Conference
39th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 6-9, 2014
Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2014-12-30Bibliographically approved
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