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NOS-HS-Sekr. nord. sam.nemd. HumSam

EWS. Crisis and Nordic Identity

Tildelt: kr 0,24 mill.




2011 - 2012


The contemporary world seems to be increasingly characterized by crisis, as is reflected in discussions about financial crises, environmental crises and crises of multiculturalism (Chorev and Babb, 2009; Fortier, 2007; Ahmed, 2000). Crisis is often seen a s a rupture in how things are and should be, which ignores individuals facing ?crisis? on everyday basis globally and locally (Vigh, 2008). In addition, as stressed long time ago by Terence Turner (1974), crisis can be seen as bringing to the surface aspe cts of competing basic value systems that normally are difficult to detect. In the workshops, we focus on the relationship between cultural identity crisis, which entails both the question which notions of identity are expressed in discussions about cris is, and what identities are seen as particular salient in crisis. We limit our scope to financial crisis, environmental crisis and crisis of multiculturalism, drawing theoretical inspirations from theories of globalization and nationalism (Appadurai, 1996 ; India and Rosaldo, 2008; Ginsburg et al, 2002), and the tensions between globalization and nation based explanatory frameworks. We also base our discussions on the critical historical perspective in relation to the recognition of various transnational a nd transcontinental connections, which have shaped European history (Dirks, 1992; Gilroy, 1993), and approaches concerned with analyzing how such historical connections are played out in localized contexts (Haugerud, 2003). The relationship between the lo cal and the global is particularly interesting in relation to the experiences of ?crises in the Nordic countries, in terms of analyzing what aspects can be identified as pan-Nordic and which ones are more international phenomenon. Feminist theories are al so productive to our approach in particular from theories of intersectionality that see identity as composed by intersecting, vibrant variables (see Yuval-Davis, 2006; Valentine, 2007).


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