Ethnologists study people’s ways of thinking, feeling and living. Identity, lifestyle and the cultural encounter are central themes. How are cultural concepts and ideas, habits and values created in different milieus, and at different times?
Not only does the subject focus on what is happening now and what happened in the past, but also what we think might happen. Objects of study might well include today’s metropolitan environments as well as a rural village of the 1800s. While the study field is often Sweden, the world beyond Sweden’s borders is increasingly coming into focus. As an ethnologist, you learn to use a cultural analytical perspective that can make everyday life and living conditions appear both new and surprising – a skill that can be practised or applied in a number of vocational spheres or professions.
Last modified 15 Dec 2008