Social differentiation and economic inequality in Stensjö hamlet

Last changed: 14 October 2020
One of the farm houses in Stensjö village. Photo.

This project deals with the living standards of the rural population during the nineteenth century agricultural and industrial revolutions. The main focus lies on the landless and semi-landless groups and the aim is to relate what happened on the micro level, the farm and the hamlet, to overall societal changes and to previous results found on national level.

This project deals with the rural population during the nineteenth century agricultural and industrial revolutions. During periods of growth and transformation, people’s living conditions and living standards were affected. Moreover, to understand how these massive changes were brought about it is necessary to study also the local level, how individuals and households acted and re-acted. The main focus lies on the landless and semi-landless groups and the aim is to relate what happened on the micro level, the farm and the hamlet, to overall societal changes and to previous results found on national level.

Through studying Stensjö hamlet in south-eastern Sweden, a regional component is added to previous Swedish studies mainly focusing on major grain-producing areas in southern and central parts of the country. One advantage with choosing Stensjö is that it is a cultural reserve where the structure of the hamlet is preserved from the late nineteenth/early twentieth century, along with its surrounding land. This gives unique possibilities to understand the prevailing local context during the period studied

Facts:

Project leader

Patrick Svensson, Professor, Division of Agrarian History, SLU

Project time

2020-2021

External funding

Dr. Carl Kempes stiftelse, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities