Afro--Nordic landscapes : equality and race in Northern Europe / edited by Michael McEachrane ; foreword by Paul Gilroy.

  • New York : Routledge (Publisher), 2014.
  • copyright 2014
1 online resource (xx, 263 pages)


Library of Congress genre(s)
  • Routledge studies on African and Black diaspora ; 5. [More in this series]
  • Routledge Studies on African and Black Diaspora ; 5
Summary note
Afro-Nordic Landscapes: Equality and Race in Northern Europe challenges a view of Nordic societies as homogeneously white, and as human rights champions that are so progressive that even the concept of race is deemed irrelevant to their societies. The book places African Diasporas, race, and legacies of imperialism squarely in a Nordic context. How has a nation as peripheral as Iceland been shaped by an identity of being white? How do Black Norwegians challenge racially conscribed views of Norwegian nationhood? What does the history of jazz in Denmark say about the relation between its national identity and race? What is it like to be a mixed-race black Swedish woman? How have African Diasporans in Finland navigated issues of race and belonging? And what does the widespread denial of everyday racism in Nordic societies mean to Afro-Nordics? This text is a must read for anyone interested in issues of race in the Nordic region and Europe writ large. As Paul Gilroy writes in his foreword, it is a book that "should be studied with care and profit inside the Nordic countries and also outside them by the broader international readership that has been established around the study of racism and 'critical race theory.'"
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Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language note
In English.
  • Introduction
  • 1 Imagining Blackness at the Margins: Race and Difference in Iceland
  • 2 Queendom: On Being Black, Feminist Norwegian Women
  • 3 The Midnight Sun Never Sets - An Email Conversation
  • 4 There’s a White Elephant in the Room
  • 5 Racism Is No Joke: A Swedish Minister and a Hottentot Venus Cake - An Email Conversation
  • 6 Searching for Words: Becoming Mixed Race, Black and Swedish
  • 7 Bertrand Besigye’s Civilization Critique
  • 8 Two Poems by Bertrand Besigye
  • 9 Talking Back: Voices from the African Diaspora in Finland
  • 10 Den Sorte: Nella Larsen and Denmark
  • 11 A Horn of Africa in Northern Europe - An Email Conversation.
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