Whiteness and Postcolonialism in the Nordic Region: Exceptionalism, Migrant Others and National Identities (Hardback)
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Whiteness and Postcolonialism in the Nordic Region: Exceptionalism, Migrant Others and National Identities (Hardback)

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Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 05/10/2012
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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.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781409444817
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This timely cross-disciplinary volume poses a robust challenge to the myth of Nordic exceptionalism and its reiterated associations with colonial racism. It also makes a strong plea for the inclusion of the Nordic countries in postcolonial scholarship, albeit in a suitably localized and internally differentiated form.' Graham Huggan, University of Leeds, UK 'A scholarly and thoughtful collection unified by a critical questioning of prevalent and powerful political and cultural claims to Nordic exceptionalism . Undermining this narrative, the book's insistence on the analytics of racism is a welcome riposte to political and academic desires to announce a post-racial era, and its extension of the remit of postcolonial critique repudiates a similar drive to expunge the living legacies of the colonial past.' Gavan Titley, NUI Maynooth, Ireland 'In a corner of the world, safely hidden away from the cruelties of colonialism, the culturally homogenous people of the Nordic countries have long taken pride in their neutrality on the political scene. This is a popular description of the Nordic region, but is it really a sustainable one? Whiteness and Postcolonialism in the Nordic Region. Exceptionalism, Migrant Others and National Identities, edited by KristA n LoftsdA(3)ttir and Lars Jensen, provides an answer to that question. ... the volume brings an important contribution to a debate that is hopefully only beginning.' Nordic Journal of Migration Research

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