Popular fiction 1984-1985

SND-ID: snd0130-1. Version: 1.0. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5878/h5wj-7265

Associated documentation


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Gunnar Hansson - University of Gothenburg, Department of Comparative Literature

Arne Fredholm - University of Gothenburg, Department of Comparative Literature

Research principal

University of Gothenburg - Department of Comparative Literature rorId


Interviews have been made with persons who have visited shops for used popular fiction. The first interview contains questions on reading, other media habits and some background factors. After this the interviewed person was given the task to read a special book with popular fiction and after this to be interviewed again. As thanks for participation the interviewed person received ten books, six of them popular fiction. After some time a follow-up interview was made over telephone where among other things was asked which of the ten books had been read and what the opinion of them was.

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Individuals visiting shops for used popular fiction

Time Method

Time period(s) investigated

1984-01-01 – 1985-01-01



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Face-to-face interview
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1984 – 1985
  • Data collector: University of Gothenburg, Department of Comparative Literature
  • Source of the data: Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Comparative Literature


  • Funding agency: Swedish Council for Research in the Humanitie and Social Sciences
Topic and keywords

Research area

Humanities and the arts (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

General literary studies (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Media (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Leisure, tourism and sport (CESSDA Topic Classification)


Book use


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Hansson, G. (1987) Läsning av populärfiktion. In Carlsson, U. (ed.), Forskning om populärkultur, Göteborg: NORDICOM-Sverige.

Hansson, G. (1988) Inte en dag utan en bok. Om läsning av populärfiktion, Linköping Studies in Arts and Science 30. Linköping: Tema Kommunikation. ISBN: 9178703999
ISBN: 9789178703999

Hansson, G. (1990) Not a day without a book. On the reading of popular fiction. SPIEL: Siegener Periodicum zur Internationalen Empirischen Literaturwissenschaft, Jg. 9.

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Published: 1986-01-01
Last updated: 2019-02-06