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Coloniality and Decolonization in the Nordic Region

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ISBN 9781032274867
March 10, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book advances critical discussions about what coloniality, decoloniality and decolonization mean and imply in the Nordic region.

It brings together analysis of complex realities from the perspectives of the Nordic peoples, a region that are often overlooked in current research, and explores the processes of decolonization that are taking place in this region. The book offers a variety of perspectives that engage with issues such as Islamic feminism and the progressive left; racialization and agency among Muslim youths; indigenizing distance language education for Sami; extractivism and resistance among the Sami; the Nordic international development endeavour through education; Swedish TV-reporting on Venezuela; creolizing subjectivities across Roma and non-Roma worlds and hierarchies; and the whitewashing and sanitization of decoloniality in the Nordic region.

As such, this book extends much of the productive dialogue that has recently occurred internationally in decolonial thinking but also in the areas of critical race theory, whiteness studies, and postcolonial studies to concrete and critical problems in the Nordic region. This should make the book of considerable interest to scholars of history of ideas, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, international development studies, legal sociology and (intercultural) philosophy with an interest in coloniality and decolonial social change.

Table of Contents

Coloniality and Decolonization in the Nordic Region – An Introduction

Adrián Groglopo and Julia Suárez-Krabbe

Chapter 1.

Surviving like Scheherazade. Veiled Women and Liberalism: the Trap of the Progressive Left

Houria Bouteldja.

Chapter 2. Racialisation in a "Raceless" Nation: Muslims Navigating Islamophobia in Denmark’s Everyday Life

Amani Hassani

Chapter 3. Indigenising Sami language Distance Education. Pedagogical Arrangements Through Play

Hanna Helander, Satu-Marjut Pieski, and Pigga Keskitalo

Chapter 4. The Virtue of Extraction and Decolonial Recollection in Gaìllok, Saìpmi

Georgia de Leeuw

Chapter 5. Coloniality of Knowledge and the Responsibility to Teach: Nordic Educational Interventions in the ‘South’

Jelena Vićentić

Chapter 6. Swedish Television Reporting on Venezuela as Damnation

Juan Velázquez Atehortúa

Chapter 7. Creolizing Subjectivities and Relationalities in the Framework of Roma-gadje Research Collaboration

Ioana Țîștea and Gabriela Băncuță

Chapter 8. Decoloniality: Between a Travelling Concept and a Relational Onto-Epistemic Political Stance

Madina Tlostanova

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Adrián Groglopo is Ph.D. in sociology and senior lecturer at the department of social work at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research focuses mainly on racism, the coloniality of knowledge, social movements, and north-south political, economic and environmental relations. Groglopo has worked in several governmental projects regarding structural racism in Sweden, among others as Secretary of Enquiry at the Government’s Enquiry on Structural Discrimination between 2004 and 2006. He acted as president of the Antiracist academy – an association that gathers around 60 researchers within the area of race and racism. In this context, Groglopo also led the production of a series of 17 filmed interviews with antiracist researchers and activists in Sweden, available at He also led the NOS-HS funded project Decolonial critique, knowledge production and social change in the Nordic countries (DENOR) – a series of research workshops that gathered around 200 researchers in the Nordic region. His latest publications include two co-authored articles (in Swedish) about coloniality and social work (2021), and a co-authored article with the comic artist Amalia Alvarez about racism and migrant representativity in comics (2022).

Julia Suárez-Krabbe is Associate Professor in Cultural Encounters at the Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, Denmark, and Distinguished Research Associate at the Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work centers on racism, human rights, development, knowledge production, education and decolonization in Europe and the Americas. Her latest work includes the co-authorship of the report "Stop Killing Us Slowly. A Research Report on the Motivation Enhancement Measures and the Criminalization of Rejected Asylum Seekers in Denmark" from 2018, which includes examinations of state-sanctioned racism in Danish deportation camps, and was written in close collaboration with the refugee movement in Denmark. Her work additionally revolves around the ontological, epistemological and existential dimensions of decolonization in Denmark. Julia is the author of "Race, Rights and Rebels. Alternatives to Human Rights and Development from the Global South" (2016).