Progress or Perish: Northern Perspectives on Social Change

Progress or Perish: Northern Perspectives on Social Change

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Overview

Drawing on contemporary and historical case studies from Finland, Sweden and Norway, Progress or Perish highlights the roles that art, culture and academic research play alongside technology and economics as bearers of change, approaching the study of progress from the human level. By turning attention towards communities and the everyday social activities of individuals in their socio-cultural and microhistorical contexts, this volume links the idea of progress to the emancipation and empowerment of collectives.

Multidisciplinary in nature, Progress or Perish brings together the work of leading scholars to explore the changes that individual and social agency can effect. It engages with the wider theoretical and methodological debates to be of key interest to sociologists, geographers and anthropologists, as well as those with interests in gender studies, cultural and environmental history, literary studies and political science.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409492566
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 12/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Aini Linjakumpu is Lecturer of Politics in the Department of Social Studies at the University of Lapland, Finland and Sandra Wallenius-Korkalo is a researcher at the University of Lapland, Finland.

Aini Linjakumpu, Sandra Wallenius-Korkalo, Marja Tuominen, Pälvi Rantala, Petri Koikkalainen, Lars Elenius, Mirja Hiltunen, Riitta Kontio, Mervi Autti.


Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction, Aini Linjakumpu and Sandra Wallenius-Korkalo; History as a project of progress? The North as a focus of attention, Marja Tuominen; 'Chapters' of progress – the case of a village idiot, Pälvi Rantala; Progress and emotions in Lapland, Aini Linjakumpu; Remembering and forgetting the Second World War in Finland, Sandra Wallenius-Korkalo, Narratives of progress in the politics of Urho Kekkonen and the Agrarian League, Petri Koikkalainen; Northern universities and the changing status of minorities, Lars Elenius; Slow activism: art in progress in the North, Mirja Hiltunen; From emotional; memory to active awareness: counter-memory and resistance in Torne Valley Finnish literature, Riitta Kontio; Women behind the camera in the early 20th century at the Arctic Circle: a step towards independence, Mervi Autti; Concluding remarks, Aini Linjakumpu and Sandra Wallenius-Korkalo; Index.


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