Here is another quote from an article by Piero Cola. He summarises what he views as the result of Swedish identity processes in the 1930s and 1940s:
“A set of values that hade once been central to the cohesion of the Swedish rural community had been transmuted into a complex ideological matrix with the potential to support – and manipulate – a mass society”
Cola, Piero. “Race, Nation, and Folk: On the Repressed Memory of World War II in Sweden and its Hidden Categories”. In: Cultur and Crisis: The Case of Germany and Sweden. Trägårdh, Lars and Witoszek, Nina (ed.). New York: Berghahn Books, 2002, 131-154, 151.
The interesting point here is that Cola combines two modes of interpretation: culture and coercion. In the hands of a new political movement, a rural mentality became a source of both social cohesion and control, according to Cola.