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Emancipation och politik - en studie av tre värmländska arbetareföreningar
2005 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper is a study of the political activities in workmen’s associations in Värmland, with a particularly reference to other movements/associations. Earlier studies have often seen the workmen’s associations as transitional forms to the “modern” Social-democratic workers-movement, or as a creation of the bourgeoisie for taming and disciplining the growing working classes. In this study the workmen’s associations are seen as political alternatives for the workers. The purpose of the workmen’s associations was to give the individual a place and opportunity to develop themselves. The cost of living could be reduced through consumer associations and money could be used for other purposes than pure survival. Friendly and benefit societies made it possible for the workers to stop focusing on the present and looking to the future. Through the educational activities, doors were opened to a world that previously had been strictly for a few, but which was now open for the working classes. Workmen’s associations had an important position in politics. In Värmland and elsewhere they functioned as semi-official spokesmen for the lower classes in society, and as organizations of mobilization. Much effort was made to make the workers realize that their votes had power. In the mobilization of the workers the liberal idea of citizenship could be found, based on rights but also on obligations. The political work was not only directed at interests important to the members, but to a high extent also to issues of a more common interest. The liberal ideology of the associations dissociated them from the conservative right, but also from the Social Democratic Party, who were seen as stressing self-interests and class-egoism. With the Social Democrats, however, liberalism shared a common positive view on social reforms but dissociated them from the idea of revolution. This paper shows that the workmen’s associations cannot only be seen as creations of the bourgeoisie and its interests. Instead, the workmen’s associations contributed to the creation of a political consciousness with the workers. Together with other ideologically closely related organizations, mainly the “free church-movement” and the “temperance-movement”, they put forward demands on reforms in society. The “popular-movements” have often been ascribed a central role in the making of democratic Sweden. Here the Swedish workmen’s associations should also be recognized.

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2005. , p. 89
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-50002Local ID: HIS D-5BOAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-50002DiVA, id: diva2:1099629
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