About the book

In this book, four researchers have studied the life paths and movement patterns of residents in Gothenburg during the period 1900–1950. It is about major events in ordinary people’s lives such as getting their first job, starting a family, changing homes and jobs and leaving the labor market; changes between different phases of life that are rarely highlighted in traditional history books.

Getting your first job, starting a family, changing homes and jobs and eventually leaving the labour market are key events in our lives. Despite this, the changes between the phases of life are rarely highlighted in traditional history books.

In this book, economic historians examine the life paths and mobility patterns of residents in the mature industrial city of Gothenburg between 1900–1950. With the help of the local authorities’ population register, the researchers have followed a random sample of Gothenburgers over time, and present here new results of their research.

What did the transition from youth to adulthood look like for the city’s residents and at what age did they achieve their highest incomes? To what extent did they change homes, workplaces and occupations? How big was the immigration to Gothenburg and how quickly did the immigrants integrate into the local labor market? The researchers’ questions about the material are nuanced and the answers provide new insights into the lives of ordinary people.

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Nordic Academic Press


Tobias Karlsson och Christer Lundh (red.)


230 x 150 x 24 mm



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