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Lost Words and Lost Worlds
Modernity and the Language of Everyday Life in Late Nineteenth-Century Stockholm


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  • Author: Allan Pred, University of California, Berkeley
  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521022255

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  • The last quarter of the nineteenth century was the most dramatic era in the social and spatial transformation of Stockholm. During this time large-scale manufacturing industry rose and eclipsed small-scale artisan sectors of production; the city's population virtually doubled and there was a rapid extension and rebuilding of the urban fabric. Allan Pred reconstructs this transformation of Stockholm's local economy, civil society and built environment between 1880 and 1900 through an interpretation of lost elements of language, or forgotten fragments of daily discourse, of lost words and meanings that belonged to members of the working and periodically employed classes. His analysis reveals that a language of production, distribution and consumption practices subsumed a language of discipline-avoidance and survival tactics. He demonstrates that the 'folk geography', or language used for negotiating the city streets and getting from here to there, subsumed a language of ideological resistance; that a language of social reference and address, the tagging of nicknames on groups and individuals, subsumed a language of boundary transgression; and that these languages were cross-cut by folk humour, by a vocabulary of comic irony and irreverence.

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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521022255
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.471kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 16 maps 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of figures
    Forewording and forewarning fragments
    List of abbreviations
    1. Pretext(s): lost words as reflections of lost worlds
    2. A diversity of tongues: the practiced languages of Stockholm, 1880–1900
    3. Mundane mouthings about things, tasks, and tactics: lost wor(l)ds of production, distribution, and consumption
    4. Footing about the city, or getting around the streets and ideological domination: lost wor(l)ds of spatial orientation and popular geography
    5. Finger-pointing at the Other and speaking I to eye: lost wor(l)ds of social reference and address
    6. The world of the docks and the docker in the world
    Last words on lost worlds

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    Allan Pred, University of California, Berkeley

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