This book examines the influence of imperialism and colonialism on the formation of national identities in the Nordic countries, exploring the manner in which contemporary discourses in Nordic society are rendered meaningful or obscured by references to past events and tropes related to the practices and ideologies of colonialism. Against the background of Nordic 'exceptionalism', it explores the manner in which the interwoven racial, gendered and nationalistic ideologies associated with the colonial project form part of contemporary Nordic identities. An important challenge to national identities that can become increasingly inward looking, Whiteness and Postcolonialism in the Nordic Region sheds light on the ways in which certain notions and structural inequalities, understood as residue from the colonial period, become recreated or projected onto different groups. Presenting a variety of case studies drawn from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greenland, Denmark and Iceland, this book will be of interest to scholars across the social sciences and humanities conducting research in the fields of race and ethnicity, identity and belonging, media representations of 'the other' and colonialism and postcolonialism.

chapter |11 pages

Introduction: Nordic Exceptionalism and the Nordic ‘Others’

ByKristín Loftsdóttir, Lars Jensen

chapter 2|13 pages

Colonialism, Racism and Exceptionalism

ByChristina Petterson

chapter 6|15 pages

Reading History through Finnish Exceptionalism

ByAnna Rastas

chapter 8|21 pages

Bodies and Boundaries

ByKirsten Hvenegård-Lassen, Serena Maurer