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Pihl Skoog, E. (2023). Historikernas föreställningar om arkiven: En studie av arkiven som objekt för historievetenskaplig kunskapsutvinning i Historisk tidskrift, 1881–2021. Historisk Tidskrift, 143(4), 503-528
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Historikernas föreställningar om arkiven: En studie av arkiven som objekt för historievetenskaplig kunskapsutvinning i Historisk tidskrift, 1881–2021
2023 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0345-469X, E-ISSN 2002-4827, Vol. 143, no 4, p. 503-528Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In response to the literature’s claim that there is an increasing gap between archivists and historians and a dwindling connection between the archival and historical disciplines, I investigate in this article how Swedish historians have related to archives and archival material as historical sources, in both theoretical and empirical perspectives. The study is based on one of Sweden’s leading journals for the discipline, Historisk tidskrift, published by the Swedish Historical Society. The term ”archive” is analysed from the journal’s start in 1881 to 2021. Following the historian Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, archives and archival documents are seen as the ”epistemic things” on which academic history can build its production of knowledge.

The fact that archives and archival sources have played a significant role in history’s evolution into an academic discipline has attracted little interest. This study shows that archival documents have been seen as the historian’s main primary source for most of the period studied. The texts examined in Historisk tidskrift only rarely analysed the archive’s original, internal order and creation process, but constantly praised the use of extensive archival material. Changing historiographical patterns did not result in the questioning of the archives’ pre-eminence as a primary source to any degree, even though the changes meant that new questions were posed of archival sources and new types of source materials were used by historians. An unreflective view of archival documents was evident in the romanticisation of archives as dark and disordered, an approach present in Historisk tidskrift throughout the period studied. There were value judgements about the historian’s ”tribulations” in the archives, and trips to archives and the ”treasures” found there were romanticised. This approach contrasted with how historians, adopting a positivist role model, viewed archives as authentic and true. Given this contradiction, I would argue the historical discipline should take greater account of the context in which the archival material was created, preserved, and arranged.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Svenska Historiska Föreningen, 2023
Keywords
Archive, Archival Science, Archive studies, Academic history, History, Historiography, Knowledge production, Source material, Primary sources
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-53590 (URN)001147902100002 ()
Available from: 2024-02-23 Created: 2024-02-23 Last updated: 2024-03-04Bibliographically approved
Pihl Skoog, E. (2023). The Weider brothers and the advertising of dietary supplements - commercialisation of Scandinavian fitness culture in the 1950s. Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, 15(4)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Weider brothers and the advertising of dietary supplements - commercialisation of Scandinavian fitness culture in the 1950s
2023 (English)In: Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, ISSN 1755-750X, E-ISSN 1755-7518, Vol. 15, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: By studying marketing strategies of the global Weider Nutrition International Group, this study aims to analyse how the industry surrounding fitness equipment and dietary supplements interacted with fitness culture through marketing, advertising and consumption in 1950s Scandinavia. The emphasis is on how the Weider Group established their position as a world leader in sports nutrition through mail order partnerships and advertising using bodies and body ideals in their campaigns.

Design/methodology/approach: The Weider Group's marketing campaigns are studied through close reading of text and images in Scandinavian weightlifting and bodybuilding magazines in the 1950s, guided by a theoretical understanding of the body as a constant and ongoing project.

Findings: This study deepens the historical knowledge of market-driven aspects of sport and exercise. The market for nutrition and fitness products was internationalised in the 1950s. The study shows that cooperation between commercial and civic organisations played a major role in the enterprise of selling fitness and nutrition products.

Originality/value: This paper shows that in marketing the products, the advertisements - which appealed to both men and women - not only struck a tone of intimacy and desire but also cultivated a sense of insecurity and inadequacy, as well as individuals' responsibility for maintaining their own bodies. The latter was reflected in young men's letters to magazines in which Weider's products and training programmes were praised. For women, this opened up a previously male-dominated gym environment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023
National Category
History Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52510 (URN)10.1108/JHRM-03-2023-0010 (DOI)001074912400001 ()2-s2.0-85173432932 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-10-17 Created: 2023-10-17 Last updated: 2023-11-24Bibliographically approved
Gerhardt, K., Wolrath Söderberg, M., Lindblad, I., Diderichsen, Ö., Gullström, M., Dahlin, M., . . . Gradén, M. (2022). Nog nu, politiker – ta klimatkrisen på allvar. Aftonbladet (2022-08-25)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nog nu, politiker – ta klimatkrisen på allvar
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2022 (Swedish)In: Aftonbladet, no 2022-08-25Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Aftonbladet Hierta, 2022
National Category
Other Social Sciences Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49755 (URN)
Note

Debattartikel från 1944 svenska forskare och anställda i forskarvärlden.

Available from: 2022-08-26 Created: 2022-08-26 Last updated: 2023-10-06Bibliographically approved
Pihl Skoog, E. (2022). Skiss till genushistoria i dag och det trubbiga begreppet kvinna: Några reflektioner med anledning av Historisk tidskrifts temanummer ”Kvinnor”. Historisk Tidskrift, 142(1), 51-59
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Skiss till genushistoria i dag och det trubbiga begreppet kvinna: Några reflektioner med anledning av Historisk tidskrifts temanummer ”Kvinnor”
2022 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0345-469X, E-ISSN 2002-4827, Vol. 142, no 1, p. 51-59Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Svenska Historiska Föreningen, 2022
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-48714 (URN)000762425500004 ()2-s2.0-85160734810 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-04-07 Created: 2022-04-07 Last updated: 2023-06-16Bibliographically approved
Pihl Skoog, E. (2021). The Professional Body in Boxing and Strength Sports: The Connection between Manual Labour and Sports in the Early and Mid Twentieth-Century Sweden. International Journal of the History of Sport, 38(9), 954-971
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Professional Body in Boxing and Strength Sports: The Connection between Manual Labour and Sports in the Early and Mid Twentieth-Century Sweden
2021 (English)In: International Journal of the History of Sport, ISSN 0952-3367, E-ISSN 1743-9035, Vol. 38, no 9, p. 954-971Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The main focus in this article is to analyse representations of body and class in strength sport and boxing in a Swedish context during the period 1910-1960, as well as their deeper societal meanings. The concepts of profession, body and class are understood in close connection to the theoretical concepts of value and capital. This study's understanding of class and group affiliation differs from more traditional class analyses. It is argued for an in-depth understanding of how such processes take place and work through a broader concept of class. Representations are examined through magazines closely connected to the sports, as well as identification through autobiographies, written by prominent athletes during the early and mid twentieth century. The study shows a close link between these sports and manual labour. Physically strenuous work functioned both as a training regime in itself but was also presented as a way to be 'discovered'. However, the close connection to the working class and manual labour groups meant that physical strength came to be seen as something natural. Sporting success was also locked into body capital, which also had a relatively low exchange value in relation to other forms of capital.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2021
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-46572 (URN)10.1080/09523367.2021.1978980 (DOI)000702699400001 ()2-s2.0-85116250451 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-10-15 Created: 2021-10-15 Last updated: 2021-11-02Bibliographically approved
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