Crisis and Coloniality at Europe’s Margins: Creating Exotic Iceland, (PDF) offers a fresh look at the existing politics of identity in Europe, using a crisis at the margins of Europe to shed light on the constant embeddedness of coloniality in everyday identities and aspirations. Examining Iceland’s reaction to its collapse into bankruptcy in 2008, the author discovers the way in which the country pursued to brand itself as a striking tourist destination. With attention to the nation’s objectives, rooted in the late 19th century, of belonging as part of Europe, rather than being categorized with colonized countries, the ebook examines the engagement with ideas of otherness across and in Europe, as European discourses continue to be based on racialized ideas of ‘civilized’ people. With its emphasis on coloniality at a time of crisis, this volume adds to our understanding of how racism sustains in the present and the importance of nationalistic sentiments in a world of precariousness. Anchored in part in the individual narrative, this critical analysis of coloniality, whiteness, racism, and national identities will attract scholars across the social sciences with interests in national identity-making, European politics, and race in a world characterized by a crisis.
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