The Swedish Equine Sector in the 20th Century

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title The Swedish Equine Sector in the 20th Century
Author(s) Hedenborg, Susanna
Date 2011
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The Swedish Equine Sector in the 20th Century During the 20th century the equine sector in Sweden has transformed from being a sector closely related to agriculture, forestry, transport and the army to a sector related to leisure. The number of horses have changed too, from about 700 000 horses in the 1920s to 70 000 in the 1970’s. During the last decades the number has increased again and today there are about 300 000 horses in Sweden (maybe making Sweden the most “horse dense” //horses per capita in the world). Simultaneously the gender order of the sector has changed. Hundred years ago horses and the work around them were seen as masculine and a “real man” was a “horse man”. Today horses are connected to women, girls and a socially constructed femininity. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how these changes are interrelated and connected to agricultural and sports politics in Sweden.
Publisher NASSS
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) gender
equestrian sports
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note NASSS (North American Society for the Sociology of Sport) 2011 Conference. Revolutionizing Sporting Bodies: Technologies in Practice. Minneapolis, November 2-5
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