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Instruments of Surveillance Welfare: Computerizing Unemployment and Health in 1960s and 1970s Sweden
Dept. of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Div. of History of Science and Technology, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden; The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0337-7770
2011 (English)In: History of Nordic Computing 3: Third IFIP WG 9.7 Conference, Hinc3, Stockholm, Sweden, October 18-20, 2010, Revised Selected Papers / [ed] John Impagliazzo, Per Lundin & Benkt Wangler, Berlin, Germany: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2011, Vol. 350, p. 56-64Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The object of this paper is the role of computerization in the establishment of a specific form of “surveillance welfare” after World War II. Was computerization used as a technology of mass-welfaring to produce a governable population in the frame of an expanding welfare state? Large-scale welfare practices such as health screenings and databasing of the unemployed seem to have a common purpose: making the population into a governable, partially self-regulating, collective body–a welfare body. The paper analyzes the use of computers in the implementation of regional health screenings in the 1960s and the 1970s and in the transformation of (un)employment procedures in the 1970s as two sites for the exercise of state control in post-WWII Sweden.

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Berlin, Germany: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2011. Vol. 350, p. 56-64
Series
IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, ISSN 1868-4238
Keywords [en]
Control, health screenings, history, unemployment policy, welfare
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-42812DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23315-9_7ISI: 000309430900007ISBN: 978-3-642-23315-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-42812DiVA, id: diva2:789556
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3rd IFIP WG 9.7 Working Conference on the History of Nordic Computing (HiNC3), Stockholm, 18-20 October, 2010
Available from: 2011-02-26 Created: 2015-02-19 Last updated: 2018-05-07Bibliographically approved

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