När Gunder Hägg blev ”Gunder Hägg” – anteckningar till en mediebiografi

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This article focuses on the Swedish middle distance runner Gunder Hägg (1918–2004). The peak of his career coincided with WWII, and in the Summer of 1942 he broke 10 out of his 15 world records. The year after, he made a much appreciated and successful running tour to the US. This made Hägg the first real media sports star in Sweden. The article analyses the representation of Hägg in different media – for instance news reels, newspaper articles, biographies, and autobiographies – when it comes to “body politics”, the ideal of which is the male well trained body situated in nature, or in the countryside.


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  • Languages and Literature


  • body politics, running, WWII, Gunder Hägg, Sweden
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)80-102
JournalMoving Bodies - Menneske i bevegelse
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch

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