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Football, foundry communities and the Swedish model
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. (RISPA)
2003 (English)In: Soccer & Society, ISSN 1466-0970, E-ISSN 1743-9590, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 20-40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The small foundry communities in the Swedish countryside played an important role in the country's industrialization. These communities are also considered to be a model for the socalled 'people's home' (folkhemmet) and Swedish welfare state system, which began to take shape under Social Democratic leadership in the 1930s. Central to the development of the foundry communities at the beginning of the twentieth century was the creation of a 'spirit', built on a new and more modern form of paternalism that was aimed at generating a consensus between the management of the foundry company and the working classes. Involvement in team sports, particularly football and bandy, was identified by the companies as an important element in the creation of such a consensus. This article examines the ways in which football was used in Sandviken - probably the most famous of all foundry communities - to create a 'spirit of Sandviken'. This reveals that football was part of a wider strategy used by the foundry company in Sandviken to improve the relationship between employer and employees.

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London: Frank Cass , 2003. Vol. 4, no 1, p. 20-40
Keywords [en]
swedish model, paternalism, foundry communities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-10445DOI: 10.1080/14660970512331390713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-10445DiVA, id: diva2:311516
Available from: 2010-04-21 Created: 2010-04-21 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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