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Transforming Identities in Contemporary Europe
Critical Essays on Knowledge, Inequality and Belonging

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ISBN 9781032151113
May 11, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

Interdisciplinary in perspective, this book explores contemporary struggles around ‘identity politics’ in Europe, offering a unique glimpse into contemporary tensions and paradoxes surrounding identities, belonging, exclusions and their deep-seated gendered, colonial and racist legacies. With a particular focus on the Nordic region, it provides insights into the ways in which people who find themselves in minoritized positions struggle against multiple injustices. Through a series of case studies documenting counter-struggles against racist, colonialist, sexist forms of discrimination and exclusion, Transforming Identities in Contemporary Europe asks how the paradigm and politics of the welfare state operates to discriminate against the most marginalized, by instating a naturalized hierarchy of human-ness. As such it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences and humanities with interests in race, gender, colonialism and postcolonialism, citizenship and belonging.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Transforming Identities in Contemporary Nordic Europe

Elisabeth L. Engebretsen and Mia Liinason

2. ‘Welcome to the Most Privileged, Most Xenophobic Country in the World!’ Affective Figurations of Whiteness in the Making of a Danish Citizen

Linda Lapina

3. Exploring Challenges and Potentialities for Antiracist Education in the Nordic Countries: Cases from Finland and Denmark

Kris Clarke and Manteì Vertelyteì

4. Autobiographical Flesh: Understanding Western Notions of Humanity through Una Marson (1905-1965)

Jéssica Nogueira Varela

5. ‘It’s Our Bodies, We are the Experts!’: Countering Pathologisation, Gate-keeping and Danish Exceptionalism through Collective Trans Knowledges, Coalition-building and Insistence

Nico Miskow Friborg

6. Gayness between Nation Builders and Money Makers: From Ideology to New Essentialism

Anna-Maria Sörberg

7. (Not) in the Name of Gender Equality: Migrant Women, Empowerment, Employment, and Minority Women’s Organizations

Christel Stormhøj

8. ‘Home is where the cat is’: The Here-There of Queer (un)belonging

Ramona Dima and Simona Dumitriu

9. The Poetics of Climate Change and Politics of Pain: Sámi Social Media Activist Critique of the Swedish State

AkvileÌ Buitvydaitė and Elisabeth L. Engebretsen

10. Varieties of Exceptionalism: A Conversation

Selin Cagatay, Mia Liinason and Olga Sasunkevitch

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Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen is Professor of Gender Research at the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Stavanger, Norway. An anthropologist who specializes on the ethnographic regions of China (PRC) and Nordic Europe, Elisabeth is the author of the award-winning monograph, Queer Women in Urban China: An Ethnography.

Mia Liinason is Wallenberg Academy Fellow and Professor of Gender Studies at the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is the author of Equality Struggles: Women’s Movements, Neoliberal Markets and State Political Agendas in Scandinavia.