ABSTRACT

With discourses of ’crisis’ and ’disaster’ featuring strongly in contemporary discourses on contemporary society, this book brings together critical perspectives from across the humanities and social sciences to explore the idea of ’crisis’ as inherently related to power dynamics and the formation of different subjectivities and identities within the Nordic countries and globally. This volume emphasizes the importance of investigating the interrelationship of three crises - social, economic and environmental - as these address the interlinked surfaces of the same reality, and it examines the negative connotations of the notion of crisis, whilst also raising the question of when and why something becomes identified as crisis, and for whom. With chapters on media representations of crisis and the global context of crisis discourses, the crisis of national identities and their mobilization in response, and environmental crisis, as well as the interrelationship between the social and the environmental and the different positioning of individuals in relation to power, this volume offers an understanding of crisis as a multivocal symbol of the present. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology, history, cultural studies, literature and political science.

chapter |8 pages

Introduction

Crisis in the Nordic Nations and Beyond

chapter 2|20 pages

Scandinavia and ‘the Land of UnSwedish Freedom’

Jonathan Franzen, Susanne Bier and Self-conceptions of Exceptionalism in Crisis

chapter 3|18 pages

‘Now is Necessity’

Icelandic Charity during the Crisis Years

chapter 4|18 pages

Racial Stereotypes and Swedish Antiracism

A Swedish Crisis of Multiculturalism?

chapter 5|14 pages

Dancing on the Fissures

Alternative Senses of Crisis in the Faroe Islands

chapter 7|22 pages

Saving Guatemala’s ‘Mayan Forest’

The Environmental Crisis and Contested Development

chapter 8|18 pages

Crisis as Opportunity – Opportunity as Crisis

Greenlandic Independence and Sustainability

chapter 9|20 pages

‘The Enemy Outside and Within’

The Crisis and Imagining the Global in Iceland