A Fight for the Right to get Drunk : The Autumn Fair Riot in Eskilstuna, 1937

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Title A Fight for the Right to get Drunk : The Autumn Fair Riot in Eskilstuna, 1937
Author Nyzell, Stefan
Editor Fevretto, Ilaria ; Itcania, Xabier
Date 2017
English abstract
This chapter discusses the survival and use of pre-modern protest repertoires in inter-war Social Democratic Sweden by analysing the riots that took place in the industrial city of Eskilstuna in 1937 during the traditional Autumn fair. These riots were described at the time by the Social Democratic Party as pointless and irrational madness. Riots were a form of protest that respectable Social Democrats in the city struggled to explain. Not surprisingly, local party elites unanimously attributed the violence and vandalism to juveniles and farmhands from outside the city. However, as this study shows, most of the protesters involved in the riots and later tried in court were workers from Eskilstuna. Nyzell analyses the reasons behind the violent disorder and the factors that account for the workers’ use of repertoires that had long been repudiated by the Swedish labour movement.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-50737-2 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Host/Issue Protest, Popular Culture and Tradition in Modern and Contemporary Western Europe
Series/Issue Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements;
ISBN 978-1-137-50736-5
Language eng (iso)
Subject social movement
protest
popular culture
contention
riot
Eskilstuna
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/21801 Permalink to this page
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