Enhancing our understanding of how people and places are affected by globalization at the level of everyday interactions within ’Nordic Peripheries’, this book sheds light on local particularities as well as global confluences, by illuminating how gender, mobility and belonging contribute to ruptures and/or stability in the lives of men and women living in and/or moving within these northern localities. Crossing disciplinary and geographical boundaries the focus of the book is specifically on how global processes shape and influence the Nordic countries at the social level: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, as well as the Faroe Islands. The book starts from the premise that the Nordic peripheries offer an especially powerful lens on ’peripherality’ in a globalized and globalizing world, because the region as a whole is traditionally perceived as relatively affluent, stable and with high levels of social equality. Yet, as the different chapters in the book demonstrate - with case studies that illuminate diverse gendered processes - globalization produces ruptures and new social constellations also at the rims of Nordic societies, well beyond the cushioning of comprehensive social welfare regimes. By elevating the empirical findings to more general debates about the gendered effects of globalization the book invites the reader to reflect upon not only Nordic particularities but also how insights from this part of the world can be instructive for understanding the nuances and complexities of global confluences at large.
Stine Thidemann Faber is Associate Professor of Sociology at FREIA, Center for Gender Research at the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University in Denmark. She is also head of EDGE, Centre for Equality, Diversity and Gender, also at Aalborg University. Helene Pristed Nielsen is Associate Professor at FREIA, Center for Gender Research at the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University in Denmark, and she was together with Stine Thidemann Faber project coordinator for the Global Periphery-project (2011-2014) which focuses on gender and diversity and how globalization is affecting place practices and place attachment at the social level.
’Peripheries are not merely geographically remote they are regions that are subordinated to the metropole. When the center is found in the famously egalitarian Nordic countries, there are interesting contradictions to be found in these inherently unequal relations. The Nordic welfare state model, this collection points out, has built-in blind spots about nationalism and ethnic differences. By focusing on the unique challenges facing people at the geographic edges, the authors raise important questions about intersectionality and inequality of many different kinds.’ Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin USA ’A collection of rich case studies engaging in detail with how women and men cope and struggle in situated everyday lives in the Nordic peripheries. Taking a perspective on gender and space from below, it offers students and scholars across disciplines nuanced analyses of migration and belonging.’ JÃ¸rgen Ole BÃ¦renholdt, Roskilde University, Denmark