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Blandade känslor: fruktan och förtröstan förr och nu

  • Arne Jönsson
  • Stephan Borgehammar
  • Per Beskov
Publiceringsår: 2008
Språk: Svenska
Sidor: 549-557
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Förbistringar och förklaringar. Festskrift till Anders Piltz
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok
Förlag: Skåneförlaget


Mixed feelings: fear and consolation now and then (from the 17th to the 21st century). In Early Modern Swedish society a great amount of ideas, words and images were available to explain the earthly suffering. In the Lutheran practice of preaching, consolation, besides instruction and admonition, played an important role.

Today, our life is not as hard as our ancestors’ was. This has enabled us to distance ourselves from suffering, dying and death in our everyday lives. In fiction, however, risks, violence and death are frequently exploited as exciting and entertaining matters. The Late Modern individualistic ideology of Western welfare societies puts a great emphasis on experience and emotion. Still, only positive experiences such as pleasure and excitement are seen as a normal part of real life, while fear, sorrow and desperation are considered as problems to be solved by experts and institutions, medicine and social politics. In the secularized view of the world, suffering has lost its cosmological meaning and social legitimacy.


  • History of Ideas
  • emotions
  • fear
  • consolation


  • ISBN: 978-91-87976-29-2

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