When I began reading John Pratt’s two articles on Scandinavian exceptionalism, an old part of one of my first courses in sociology and social anthropology came to mind. The year was way back, 1953, and the site was the University of Wisconsin, where I plunged into my first courses in social science as an undergraduate student. A book came out which soon became very famous. It was one of the major works of the late grand lady of social anthropology, Margaret Mead.