The poor man’s goldmine? : Career paths in Swedish and Finnish merchant shipping, c. 1840–1950
Ojala, J., Frigren, P., & Ojala, A. (2017). The poor man’s goldmine? : Career paths in Swedish and Finnish merchant shipping, c. 1840–1950. Scandinavian Journal of History, 42 (5), 583-607. doi:10.1080/03468755.2017.1381392
Published inScandinavian Journal of History
DisciplineSuomen historiaBasic or discovery scholarshipFinnish HistoryBasic or discovery scholarship
© 2017 the Historical Associations of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License.
This article analyses the career paths of Swedish and Finnish sailors from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The article shows that, for the most of the men, the seaman’s occupation was just a passing phase before taking up a job on shore, but many of them also created a longlasting and advancing career by going to sea. There was not necessarily, however, a clear distinction between job opportunities at sea and those on shore in those days: men worked both at sea and on shore. We therefore argue that an individual’s advancement in a maritime career was a context-specific socio-economic phenomenon. In Scandinavia, work on board ships was dependent on features that characterized the division of labour in a predominantly agricultural domestic economy on land and emerging industrialization during the turn of the century. Here we present an analysis of the career paths of almost 60,000 men recruited to serve on Swedish and Finnish merchant vessels from the 1840s to late 1940s. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingAcademy of Finland, project number 308975.
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