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On the swedish path to modernity

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The year 1934 being in the middle of the Neurotic Century (1880-1980), this chapter digs a little deeper into the past and gives a short account of Swedish health ideology in the early decades of the twentieth century. In 1887, when the first Neurological Clinic was established in Sweden, the country was undergoing rapid structural change. Industrialisation had gained momentum, and in effect it transformed Sweden from an agricultural and manufactural nation to a modern industrial power within a few decades. Industrialisation brought with it urbanisation, when factories, workshops, and the burgeoning service industry attracted mainly low-income people, especially landless labourers, living in the countryside. In addition to political, economic and social developments, Sweden was also changing culturally and 'mentally'.

Keywords: industrialisation; modernity; neurotic century; psychiatry; Swedish health ideology; urbanisation



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