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Young activists in muddy boots: Fältbiologerna and the ecological turn in Sweden, 1959–1974
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, CSPR.
Department of History, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of History, ISSN 0346-8755, E-ISSN 1502-7716, Vol. 43, no 3, p. 301-323Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Swedish youth organization Fältbiologerna was founded in 1947 with the mission to inspire learning about nature through outdoor activities. Since then, the members have stayed true to their slogan ‘keep your boots muddy’ through engaging in bird watching and forest excursions; however, in the late 1960s and early 1970s – a period that environmental historians refer to as the ‘ecological turn’ – the organization’s activities were extended to also include political activism. Fältbiologerna increasingly evolved into a fertile terrain for young environmentalists. In this article, we explore how this Swedish branch of modern environmental youth activism came about. Based on a close reading of the members’ journal, Fältbiologen,between 1959 and 1974, we identify four key characteristics that were communicated in the journal during the years of study: adventurous, knowledgeable, influential, and radical. We demonstrate that Fältbiologerna took an increasingly radical position and began to engage in environmental debates and actions, while still holding on to ideals of learning through spending time in nature. Participation in these different activities shaped the young members into environmentalists.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 43, no 3, p. 301-323
Keywords [en]
environmental history, the ecological turn, youth activism, environmentalism, Sweden
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Social Sciences Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-144921DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2017.1380917ISI: 000433995700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85030722758OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-144921DiVA, id: diva2:1180799
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Funding agencies: Crafoord Foundation [20170516]

Available from: 2018-02-06 Created: 2018-02-06 Last updated: 2018-06-28Bibliographically approved

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