American scholars and Swedish society

In 1959 Seymour Martin Lipset wrote the following:

“The Social Democratic Party and the co-operatives of Sweden and other parts of Scandinavia have proved of great interest to American scholars: few, if any, have touched on the nonsocialist parties”.

Lipset, Seymour Martin 1981 [1959]. Political Man: The social bases of politics. Baltimore, Maryland: The John Hopkins University Press, p. 18.

What this suggests is that the American image of Sweden for a long time was biased by a selectivity with regards to information about Swedish society. It also suggests that the utopian myth has contributed to a bias in the foreign study of Swedish society.

 

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