Whiteness and Postcolonialism in the Nordic Region

Whiteness and Postcolonialism in the Nordic Region

by Kristin Loftsdottir, Lars Jensen

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Whiteness and Postcolonialism in the Nordic Region by Kristin Loftsdottir, Lars Jensen

This book examines the influence of imperialism and colonialism on the formation of national identities in the Nordic countries, exploring the manner in which contemporary discourses in Nordic society are rendered meaningful or obscured by references to past events and tropes related to the practices and ideologies of colonialism. Against the background of Nordic 'exceptionalism', it explores the manner in which the interwoven racial, gendered and nationalistic ideologies associated with the colonial project form part of contemporary Nordic identities. An important challenge to national identities that can become increasingly inward looking, Whiteness and Postcolonialism in the Nordic Region sheds light on the ways in which certain notions and structural inequalities, understood as residue from the colonial period, become recreated or projected onto different groups. Presenting a variety of case studies drawn from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greenland, Denmark and Iceland, this book will be of interest to scholars across the social sciences and humanities conducting research in the fields of race and ethnicity, identity and belonging, media representations of 'the other' and colonialism and postcolonialism.

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ISBN-13: 9781409444817
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/12/2012
Series: Studies in Migration and Diaspora Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kristín Loftsdóttir is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Iceland. She is co-editor of Topographies of Globalization: Politics, Culture and Language and author of The Bush is Sweet: Identity, Power and Development among WoDaaBe Fulani in Niger. Lars Jensen is Associate Professor of Cultural Encounters at Roskilde University, Denmark. He is author of Unsettling Australia: Readings in Australian Cultural History and co-editor of A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures: Continental Europe and its Empires.

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