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Is there a distinctly Swedish national character? Are Swedes truly shy, unemotional, conflict-avoiding, melancholy, and dour? Swedish Mentalitythe English translation of the hugely successful book published in Sweden inconsiders the reality behind the myth.
Swedish Mentality by Åke Daun
In recent years, it has become popular to discuss Swedishness and Swedish identity. The advent of the European Union and the increasing presence of immigrant refugees in Sweden have fueled public debate on the distinctiveness of Swedish culture. Daun, however, goes beyond stereotype, drawing upon statistics gathered over more than a decade of research.
The result is an entertaining and engagingly written book. Throughout, Daun quotes from interviews with native Swedes and immigrants as well as from travel accounts, folklore, and proverbs. We learn why some Swedes might prefer to walk up a flight of stairs rather than share an elevator with a neighbor and why some gain satisfaction from walking alone in the woods or going fishing.
Daun describes a range of factors influencing Swedish character, including population composition, rural background, and even climate. He recognizes behavioral variations related to gender, age, class, and region, and he considers subtleties of individual character as well.
Swedish Mentality swrdish interest a wide array of readers, whether of Swedish descent or not. Ake Daun, a respected ethnologist who is sometimes referred to as the ‘guru’ of Swedish character, goes beyond stereotype, drawing upon statistics gathered during more than a decade of research.
He quotes from interviews with native Swedes and immigrants as well as from travel accounts, folklore, and proverbs. He is the author of many books swwedish Swedish, but this is his first to be available in English. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. For those around swede. I am around a large number swedes and Danish persons. I can honestly say, he nailed it. While a couple of personalities are always unquie to the individualthe general overview is so accurate it is scary.
I disagree with a previous reviewer in that this is outdated. I have many friends there. His book is still on par From an American culture perspective. Helped me a lot! The only thing I can say is that can be misinterpreted as bragging is that swedes will never ask about anyone else and only talk avoid themselves.
Not bragging in the classic sense but to ask you about yourself seems to be some kind of violation.
That is unwanted therefore it is never done. So it can seem to an American that they are self absorbed and feel only they are “right”.
That is eluded to in this book. The attitude of never offering help because it would daunn you would be unable I help yourself I have personally experienced this. Where an American would jump to help, a swede will not. It is all about taking care of yourself despite the socialistic values if the country.
He replied in kind and was very interests I. The interchange between Americans as rhe book was written with the British in mind.
A effort to measure and describe the collective personality of the Swedish people, mentaltiy on a number of cross-national opinion surveys. It makes some interesting points — for example, the mentalitu Swedish characteric” cited most often by Swedes is shyness.
In general, however, the conclusions are way overdrawn. Also, the surveys on which the book is based were taken in the ‘s and ‘s, when attitudes of young people showed marked kentality from those of older people in some respects — differences that usually pushed them in a less “Swedish” direction. Interesting, but I wouldn’t base any assumptions about individual Swedes on it. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
The author is a native Swede writing in Swedish, reporting and analyzing the perspectives of immigrants from various cultures living in Sweden about how Swedes are different, while simultaneously trying to explain how the Swedes see themselves.
As an American living in Sweden I find the process convoluted, the translation confusing and the end result simplifying to the point of reinforcing the stereotypes addressed. This was a very interesting book that enjoyed reading a lot. However, I do not entirely agree with previous reviewers who summarized the content of the book as saying that Sweden is dull and that Swedes has distaste for novelty.
However, I still found swefish the other reviews helpful. Maybe I am biased because I am Swedish myself, but his book is a little bit more nuanced than that.
The book was not anti-Swedish and not self-congratulatory. In general I would be suspicious of any book that tries to claim or identify national or ethnic characteristics. Such books are often either self congratulatory or hateful, especially those which claim not to be. Secondly it is caun very hard subject to study objectively. If you do it by surveys the answers will be affected by local beliefs and prejudices, and local interpretation of words will distort the results.
I am impressed by his efforts and he convinced me. I can add that even though I am deeply affected by my Swedish Mentality I have partially escaped it and become a lot more tolerant of those who do not share it. That is a result of me living menyality for so many years. However, we are all “affected” and swedisb “damaged” by our culture and our childhood environment. That is true not just for Swedes! If I were to summarize this book in just a few words I would say that Swedes are on average more pragmatic, quiet, non-aggressive, conflict-avoiding, rational, honest, diligent, punctual, orderly, and yes envious too.
It should be noted that, this are the kind of personality traits that make the Swedish welfare system possible. Swedes are quite different from Americans and Southern European in behavior and thinking patterns which make culture clashes possible in those cases. Swedes are also surprisingly similar to the Japanese. Swedes prefer engineering and mechanical creativity over artistic creativity again on average which has resulted in some impressive accomplishments in technology and industry but not as many great accomplishments in art.
I can add that Susan Sontag apparently had a very negative impression of Sweden, but I know some Americans who swedisg a positive impression of Sweden. In America you are supposed to sell yourself, and talk “you’re self up”, and “show yourself”, something that is a great “sin” in Duan. By the way, I no longer think this way. Instead I easily adapt menality the expectations of both countries I am writing in America.
Swedish Mentality By Åke Daun
In the beginning I had a hard time with the way Americans used the word “aggressive”. One lady told me while watching my son play soccer, “your son is so aggressive”, and when she saw that I was insulted she added “which is great”.
Another Swedish peculiarity that causes some funny situations when Swedes come dzun America is the Swedish propensity for swedixh, especially for something swedizh the past that they already said thanks for. Add imperfect English to the brew and you will understand why so many Swedes keep telling people they meet “Thank you for the last time”.
This always confuses Americans until the Swede has figured this out. He also believes the Homogeneity of the country has a lot to do with it. However, he also attributes Swedish mentality to the short growing seasons, the land reforms, and the hard work and diligence required in Swedish peasant society. On page menatlity states “Playfulness, tenderness, and anger over not getting what one wants, which today are recognized as basic elements of children’s psychology, were given much less attention in peasant society”.
Finally, in brief, this was a very diligent and surprisingly objective analysis of Swedish Mentality.