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Marie Cronqvist

Marie Cronqvist

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Marie Cronqvist

From socialist hero to capitalist icon : The cultural transfer of the East German children’s television programme Unser Sandmännchen to Sweden in the early 1970s

Författare

  • Marie Cronqvist

Summary, in English

Based on a case study of the import of the German Democratic Republic (GDR)children’s programmeUnser Sandm€annchento Sweden in the early 1970s, thisarticle explores the cultural recoding at work in the processes of transnational mediaexchange. Using archival source material from both Germany and Sweden as well asSwedish press debate, the article argues for an entangled media perspective on ColdWar East-West cultural exchanges. In the process of transfer,UnserSandm€annchen, called John Blund in Sweden, was transformed from a calm,socialist hero to an outspoken and sometimes rude capitalist. This was the result ofthe active agency of individual entrepreneurs as well as the turnout of the politicalambitions of Swedish and East German state television institutions. In Sweden,although stripped from its possible ideological content, the cultural transfer of UnserSandm€annchen contributed to strengthening the relations between the two countriesand to opening up Swedish relations to the GDR in areas well beyond themedia sector.

Avdelning/ar

  • Mediehistoria
  • Journalistik

Publiceringsår

2021

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

378-393

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

Volym

41

Issue

2

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Routledge

Ämne

  • History
  • Media Studies

Status

Published

Projekt

  • Entangled television histories. Media networks and programme exchange between the GDR and Sweden
  • Entangled Media Histories (EMHIS)
  • Transborder television. Scandinavia and the GDR in the 1970s

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0143-9685