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Visions of Utopia: Sweden, the BBC and the Welfare State.

Skoog, K., 2019. Visions of Utopia: Sweden, the BBC and the Welfare State. Media History, 25 (3), 307 - 323.

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DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2018.1514253


Drawing on manuscripts and transcripts of BBC programme output, and material from the Radio Times, and the BBC’s The Listener magazine, this article analyses radio talks and programmes that focused on Sweden in the immediate years after the Second World War when the Swedish model was widely popularised abroad. The article argues that BBC output entangled domestic politics and transnational ideas around post-war reconstruction and welfare. Sweden was used as a lens through which a modern welfare state could be visualised and justified. This was however Utopia in two senses since the image of Sweden presented was in itself a highly idealised representation.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:BBC, 1940s, radio, welfare state, Sweden, entanglement
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:32475
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:02 Jul 2019 10:57
Last Modified:02 Jul 2019 10:57


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