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Christer Ahlberger

Professor

Christer Ahlberger
Professor
christer.ahlberger@history.gu.se
+46 31 786 4504

Room number: 2412
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86, plan 4 , 41261 Göteborg


Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.historiskastudier.gu.se
historia@gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 4456

Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86 , 412 61 Göteborg

About Christer Ahlberger

Born in 1956 gained Ph.D. in history in 1990. A research assistant at the Department of History in Gothenburg between 1990-94, then lecturer and subseuqently in 2002 a professor at the same department.

Research

Chronologically, my research is situated primarily in the early modern, and to some extent, modern period. My dissertation from 1988 focused on Vävarfolket (The weaving people) with the aim of explaining and understanding the more complex aspects of their industrial transformation. In addition to intimate studies of the organisation of the home industry, systematic attempts were made to connect "the transitional issue" to changing demographic patterns, household size, migrations, etc. A special study was made in order to deepen the knowledge of a peculiar religious movement, the hoofianism, who had many followers among the many weavers.

Alongside issues of industrial, demographic, and religious conversion at the start of the modern age, I have been very interested in urban history. Within this field I have, in addition to a lot of articles, published two monographs: Åmåls stads historia (The history of Åmål) and Den svenska staden. Vinnare och förlorare (The Swedish town. Winners and Losers) The questions that have guided my work in the field are how and why cities developed as they did on the basis of changes in the social conditions and regional and national characteristics. The aim here is to try and understand, and maybe explain, what it is that is happening in the modern society; not least how the modern man emerged during the 18th and 19th Centuries.

A third major research field I have worked in could be described as "consumption and object history." Here I have published through the monograph Konsumtionsrevolutionen (The Consumer Revolution) a broad-based study that, among other things, aimed to solve a then key fundamental question about what the term "modern consumption" used in the research meant. I have also published numerous articles in this area.

My current research falls into two, possibly three, major parts. The first is an extension of my consumer research. The aim is to, based on fiction and edification literature among other things, try to get to questions about how the first generation of "mass consumers" experienced but also created the patterns of consumtion we now describe as modern.

The second area of interest could possibly be described as modern municipal and regional history. The project is driven by the aim to analyze the consequences of the "folkhem" reforms after World War II. The focus is on the last major municipal reform of 1971, which can be described as a "forgotten revolution" because public knowledge of this revolutionary reform is remarkably small. What this forgetfulness was due to as well as the actual effects, in addition to the purely political and "political scientific", municipal reforms have had are a few of the specific questions that drive the project. A third area of interest is to, based on a compilation of the recent decades of research on the "transition" to modern society, try to give an overall picture of the "birth of the modern." One ambition is to link research from subjects such as history, economic history, history of ideas, ethnology, etc. A central role in the representation is taken by the issue of "peasants and the Swedish road to the modern."

Latest publications

Dim reflections in the Sennefelt's guideline
Christer Ahlberger
Scandia, Journal article 2016
Journal article

"Vi skall bära namnet med skam" - om Herrnhutismen som kyrka eller sekt.
Christer Ahlberger
Den glömda kyrkan, om herrnhutismen i Sverige, Skellefteå, Artos, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Socknen som politisk gemenskap. Ett levande kulturarv.
Christer Ahlberger
Riksarkivets årsbok 2016, Stockholm, Riksarkivet, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Den glömda kyrkan. Om Herrnhutismen i Skandinavien.
Christer Ahlberger, Per von Wachenfeldt
Skellefteå, Artos, Edited book 2016
Edited book

Varför bildas kommunala partier?
Christer Ahlberger
Makt och missnöje : Sockenidentitet och lokalpolitik 1970-2010 / Christer Ahlberger & Martin Åberg (red.), Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Makt och missnöje. Sockenidentitet och lokalpolitik 1970-2010.
Christer Ahlberger, Martin Åberg
Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Edited book 2014
Edited book

På spaning efter Västerhavets kulturarv
Christer Ahlberger
Västerhavets kulturarv. Kulturmöter i skandinavisk pereferi, Oslo, Unipub, Chapter in book 2011
Chapter in book

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2016

Dim reflections in the Sennefelt's guideline
Christer Ahlberger
Scandia, Journal article 2016
Journal article

"Vi skall bära namnet med skam" - om Herrnhutismen som kyrka eller sekt.
Christer Ahlberger
Den glömda kyrkan, om herrnhutismen i Sverige, Skellefteå, Artos, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Socknen som politisk gemenskap. Ett levande kulturarv.
Christer Ahlberger
Riksarkivets årsbok 2016, Stockholm, Riksarkivet, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Den glömda kyrkan. Om Herrnhutismen i Skandinavien.
Christer Ahlberger, Per von Wachenfeldt
Skellefteå, Artos, Edited book 2016
Edited book

2015

2014

Varför bildas kommunala partier?
Christer Ahlberger
Makt och missnöje : Sockenidentitet och lokalpolitik 1970-2010 / Christer Ahlberger & Martin Åberg (red.), Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Makt och missnöje. Sockenidentitet och lokalpolitik 1970-2010.
Christer Ahlberger, Martin Åberg
Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Edited book 2014
Edited book

2011

På spaning efter Västerhavets kulturarv
Christer Ahlberger
Västerhavets kulturarv. Kulturmöter i skandinavisk pereferi, Oslo, Unipub, Chapter in book 2011
Chapter in book

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