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Steven Peacock

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086953

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086953.001.0001

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Community and the Family

Community and the Family

(p.66) 2 Community and the Family
Swedish crime fiction

Steven Peacock

Manchester University Press

Chapter Two considers the ways that, following the teachings of the welfare state, the nation adheres to an emphasis on social forms of solidarity and homogenisation. In turn, it explores the impact of such an ideological drive on the individual. The crime dramas are particularly well-placed to examine communities in action, involving themselves in the tight-knit worlds of the police force, press, government, and legal systems. And at the heart of almost all the fictions, there is the family, existing at once as an individual entity – the Salanders, the Wallanders et al – and as representative of the wider nation state.

Keywords:   Community, Family, Solidarity, Police, Government

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