Lions of the North: Sounds of the New Nordic Radical Nationalism (Hardback)
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Lions of the North: Sounds of the New Nordic Radical Nationalism (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 09/03/2017
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In September of 2010, the Daily Mail Reporter announced "Anti-immigration party formed from skinhead movement seizes balance of power in Sweden." A politics of skinhead protest, expressed through White Power Music and an explicitly nationalistic subgenre known as Viking Rock, has relied on its music to voice opposition to immigration and multiculturism. Often labeled "neo-Nazis" or "right-wing extremists," these actors shook political establishments throughout Sweden, Denmark, and Norway during the 1980s and 1990s by rallying around white power music and skinhead subculture. More recently, however, these groups methodically revised their presentation in an effort to refashion themselves as upstanding, intelligent champions of love and human diversity, and once again using music to do so. In Lions of the North: Sounds of the New Nordic Radical Nationalism, author Benjamin Teitelbaum explores this transformation of anti-immigrant, anti-liberal activism in the Nordic countries as it manifests in thought and sound. As his fieldwork in Sweden overlapped with Anders Behring Breivik's attacks in 2011, Teitelbaum observed the radical nationalist movement at a particularly sensitive moment. Offering a rare ethnographic glimpse into controversial and secretive political movements, Lions of the North investigates changes in the music nationalists make and patronize, reading their surprising new music styles as attempts to escape stereotypes and fashion a new image for themselves. Teitelbaum's work reveals organized opposition to immigration and multiculturalism in Scandinavia to be a scene in flux, populated by individuals with diverse understandings of themselves, their cause, and the significance of music. Ultimately, he uncovers the ways in which nationalists use music to frame themselves as agents of justice, an image that is helping to propel these actors to unprecedented success in societies often considered the most tolerant in the world. A timely and powerful work of interdisciplinary ethnomusicology, Lions of the North will appeal to a wide audience, from scholars in the humanities to those in political science.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190212599
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 466 g
Dimensions: 239 x 161 x 17 mm


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Lions of the North is as timely and important as it is provocative and troubling. * American Ethnologist *
These days it is refreshing, not to mention vital, to have the outsider's perspective that Benjamin Teitelbaum offers in his solid study Lions of the North [...] The deluge of emotion that often muddies debates about nationalism is scaled back in a book devoted to understanding rather than criticism. * Svenska Dagbladet *
Teitelbaum explores with elegance the differences between nationalist factions today ... A brilliant approach [studying the far right through its music] ... During a time when attempts to explain the growth of the extreme right seem only to point to the failures of the left, it is uplifting to read such a methodical account from the inside of the extreme right. * Martin Aagar, Aftonbladet *
Teitelbaum's analyses of internal discussions about the appropriateness of using foreign music in nationalist activism are consistently fascinating * Respons *

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