Episode # 20 – Special Edition. The Concept of Jante Law, Created by Aksel Sandemosse
This is a special edition of MyDenmarkTV (Episode #20), in which we take a trip up north Zealand to Espergærde to meet a sociology professor, Jan Kirstein, who works at Roskilde University. The purpose is to talk about the Jante Law (janteloven), which is quite Scandinavian i.e. Danish/Norwegian concept, invented by the novelist Aksel Sandemosse in his novel "A fugitive crosses his tracks". Special thanks to Jan for sharing his knowledge on the concept. Enjoy the special edition! Important! Leave us your comments, let us know what you think about the Jante law. Were you familiar with it? Have you experienced it in Denmark or outside of it?
Websites and resources shared in this special Episode are as follows:
wikipedia.org (Jante Law on Wiki)
www.ruc.dk (Roskilde University)
Book 1: G. Prakash Reddy: Danes are like that! Perspectives of an Indian Anthropologist on the Danish Society. GREVAS Forlag. Mørke. Denmark. 1993
Book 2: G. Prakash Reddy: Danish Dilemmas. Perspectives of an Indian Anthropologist on Values in Danish Society. Dep. of Anthropology SRI Venkateswara Uiversity.
Danish words mentioned in the Episode:
En lov - law
pas på - watch out
regn - rain
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