Introduction: Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia

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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book focuses on how this international debate was received, reflected upon, and replayed in Denmark. It focuses on how global concerns for overpopulation, food scarcity, and impending resource shortages were discussed in the Norwegian press during the 1950s and 1960s. The book highlights methodological pitfalls and blind spots as well as arguing for the advantages of adopting a multi-archival approach. It highlights a momentous event in the history of Danish environmentalism: the publication of Revolt From the Center in 1978. The book reveals how marketing strategies of de-stigmatisation were intertwined with knowledge circulation not of the book itself but through extensive networking in Sweden and abroad alongside the project. It highlights adaptation of an internationally renowned work into a new national context. The book discusses the relationship between religion and knowledge, specifically role of churches, and entanglement of knowledge and moral convictions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia : Actors, Arenas, and Aspirations
EditorsNiklas Olsen, Johan Östling, David Larsson Heidenblad
Number of pages18
Publication date2020
ISBN (Electronic)9781003019275
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesKnowledge Societies in History

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