Youth Activism and Global Awareness: The Emergence of the Operation Dagsverke Campaign in 1960s Sweden

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In recent years, school strikes and street protests for climate justice have drawn international attention to young people's mobilisation and activism on global issues. This article addresses the need to map the history of global awareness among young people by exploring the origins of the Operation Dagsverke (Operation Day's Work) campaign in Sweden during the early 1960s. Drawing primarily on material from the student-led school council organisation SECO, the aim is to show how young people mobilised support for addressing global issues. The results show that the campaign format was initially developed by university students in 1960, after which it was adapted by students in secondary education. It is argued that the campaign was successful in transforming time, a resource that young students possessed, into economic contributions. On the organisational level, the structure of the student council organisation SECO was important for the campaign's initial success.
Sidor (från-till)1-15
Antal sidor15
TidskriftContemporary European History
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2022 sep. 28

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Historia


  • youth movements
  • internationalism
  • global awareness
  • Student council
  • Sweden

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