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Dressed in a Present from the Past: The Transfers and Transformations of a Swedish Bridal Crown in the United States
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.
2010 (English)In: Culture Unbound : Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 2, 695-717 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ever since the emigration from the Nordic countries the Old world and the New world have maintained an exchange of ideas, customs, and material culture. This cultural heritage consists of more than remnants of the past. Drawing on theories of material culture and performance this article highlights the role of gifts in mate-rializing relationships between individuals, families and organizations in the wake of migration. First, I build on a suggested coinage of the term heritage gifts as a way of materializing relationships. Thereafter, I map out the numerous roles which a Swedish bridal crown play in the United States: as museum object, object of display and loaned to families for wedding ceremonies in America. The trans-fers and transformations of the bridal crown enhances a drama of a migration her-itage. This dynamic drama brings together kin in Sweden and America and maps specific locations into a flexible space via the trajectory of crown-clad female bodies.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2010. Vol. 2, 695-717 p.
Keyword [en]
Gift-giving, heritage gift, performance, the dressed body, Swedish-America
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URN: urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-2DOI: 10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10238695OAI: oai:DiVA.org:konstfack-2DiVA: diva2:394008
Available from: 2011-02-01 Created: 2011-02-01 Last updated: 2011-02-07Bibliographically approved

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