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Published May 2023
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Paradoxes of State Capitalism
Ethnographies of Norwegian Energy and Extraction Businesses Abroad
Knudsen, S. (ed)
Through a series of case studies in diverse regions of the world, this book explores how transnational Norwegian energy and extractive industries handle corporate social responsibility (CSR) when operating abroad.
Subjects: Political and Economic Anthropology Environmental Studies (General) Applied Anthropology
Published April 2023
Working the Fabric
Resourcefulness, Belonging and Island Life in Scotland’s Harris Tweed Industry
Trademark-protected since 1910, the famous woollen cloth known as Harris Tweed can only be produced in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland – yet it is exported to over 50 countries around the world. Examining contemporary experiences of work and life, this book is the first in-depth anthropological study of the renowned textile industry, complementing and updating existing historical and ethnographic research.
Subjects: Anthropology (General) Sociology Cultural Studies (General)
Published January 2023
Life with Durham Cathedral
A Laboratory of Community, Experience and Building
Calvert, A. J.
An ethnographic account of daily life in Durham Cathedral, this book examines the processes of negotiation and change between a community and their cathedral.
Subjects: Heritage Studies Anthropology (General) Anthropology of Religion
Published November 2022
Different from the Others
German and Dutch Discourses of Queer Femininity and Female Desire, 1918–1940
Presenting for the first time a comparative and socio-cultural history of queer femininities in Germany and the Netherlands for an English-speaking audience, Different from the Others highlights this submerged history and engages queer authors and activists from the Netherlands to challenge and redress conceptualizations of queer femininity in the interwar period.
Subjects: Gender Studies and Sexuality History: World War I History: 20th Century to Present
Published August 2022
200 Years of Peace
New Perspectives on Modern Swedish Foreign Policy
Biltekin, N., Müller, L., & Petersson, M. (eds)
In the wake of Sweden’s anniversary of 200 years of peace in 2014, this volume brings for the first time a targeted approach to the concept of claimed Swedish exceptionality. Taking on the nation’s policies of neutrality, 200 Years of Peace centers discussion around what it means for a nation to endure a uniquely long period of time without any pronounced conflict.
Subjects: History: 20th Century to Present Peace and Conflict Studies
Published July 2022
Crossroads of Heritage and Religion
Legacy and Sustainability of World Heritage Site Moravian Christiansfeld
Damsholt, T., Melchior, M. R., Petterson, C., & Reeh, T., (eds)
Looking at the crossroads between heritage and religion through the case study of Moravian Christiansfeld, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2015, this anthology reaches back to the eighteenth century when the church settlement was founded, examines its legacy within Danish culture and modern society, and brings this history into the present and the ongoing heritagization processes.
Subjects: Heritage Studies Anthropology of Religion Anthropology (General)
Published December 2021
The Power of Scripture
Political Biblicism in the Early Stuart Monarchy between Representation and Subversion
The development of political rhetoric during the Reformation period through to the outbreak of the English Civil War was based on more varied sources than just the political language of civic humanism and republicanism. The Power of Scripture uncovers how biblical scripture directly shaped a national religious politics, forming a lasting impression on the socio-political structural development of Stuart England.
Subject: History: Medieval/Early Modern
Published November 2021
The Pursuit of Pleasurable Work
Craftwork in Twenty-First Century England
Marchand, T. H. J.
Against the backdrop of an alienating, technologizing and ever-accelerating world of material production, this book tells an intimate story: one about a community of woodworkers training at an historic institution in London’s East End during the present ‘renaissance of craftsmanship’.
Subjects: Anthropology (General) Sociology
Published September 2021
How is a Man Supposed to be a Man?
Male Childlessness – a Life Course Disrupted
Hadley, R. A.
The global trend of declining fertility rates and an increasingly ageing population has serious implications for individuals and institutions alike. Childless men are mostly excluded from ageing, social science and reproduction scholarship and almost completely absent from most national statistics. This book examines the lived experiences of a hidden and disenfranchised population: men who wanted to be fathers.
Subjects: Gender Studies and Sexuality Anthropology (General)
Published February 2021
Nordic War Stories
World War II as History, Fiction, Media, and Memory
Stecher-Hansen, M. (ed)
Nordic War Stories explores the commonalities and divergences among the five Nordic countries, examining formal and informal national historiographies alongside representations of the second world war in canonical literary works, memoirs, and films. Together, they comprise a valuable companion that challenges the myth of Scandinavian homogeneity while demonstrating the powerful influence that the war continues to exert on national self-conceptions.
Subjects: History: 20th Century to Present Media Studies
Published December 2020
Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to the Mastery of Spirits and Healing
Subjects: Anthropology of Religion Anthropology (General)
Published November 2020
Histories of a Radical Book
E. P. Thompson and The Making of the English Working Class
Burton, A. & Fortado, S. (eds)
This collected volume explores the complex impact of E.P. Thompson’s monumental book, The Making of the English Working Class, both as an intellectual project and material object, relating it to the social and cultural history of the book form itself—an enduring artifact of English history.
Subject: Cultural Studies (General)
Published April 2020
In Fading Light
The Films of the Amber Collective
The Amber Film collective has been part of the British and European documentary scene since the late 1960s. Situating the work within wider social, political and historical contexts, In Fading Light interrogates how their critically acclaimed body of work—which includes documentaries, feature films, television films, and other experimental and campaigning projects—relates to other filmmakers in Britain and Europe.
Subjects: Film and Television Studies Media Studies Cultural Studies (General)
Published January 2020
Management and Morality
An Ethnographic Exploration of Management Consultancy Seminars
Drawing on extended ethnographic studies of management consultancies in the Oslo region of Norway, this book seeks to find a richer understanding of their role in contemporary work life and the attraction their practices exert on people. The author shows that management consultancy is an arena of meaning that should be analysed as a ‘cultural space’.
Subjects: Anthropology (General) Cultural Studies (General) Applied Anthropology
Published August 2019
The Museum of Mankind
Man and Boy in the British Museum Ethnography Department
The Museum of Mankind was an innovative and popular showcase for minority cultures from around the non-Western world from 1970 to 1997, as the devolved Ethnography Department of the British Museum. This memoir of over forty years’ service with the Department is a critical appreciation of its achievements in the various roles of a national museum, of the personalities of its staff and of the issues raised in the representation of exotic cultures.
Subjects: Museum Studies Anthropology (General) Cultural Studies (General)
Published June 2019
Making Bodies Kosher
The Politics of Reproduction among Haredi Jews in England
Analyses the ways in which Haredi Jews negotiate healthcare services using theoretical perspectives in political philosophy. This is the first archival and ethnographic study of Haredi Jews in the UK, and will allow readers to understand how reproductive care issues affect this growing minority population.
Subjects: Medical Anthropology Jewish Studies Anthropology of Religion
Published March 2019
Beyond the Border
Young Minorities in the Danish-German Borderlands, 1955-1971
Wung-Sung, T. H.
Beyond the Border reconstructs the experiences of minority youths living in the Danish-German borderlands from the 1950s to the 1970s. Drawing on a remarkable variety of archival and oral sources, author Tobias Haimin Wung-Sung provides a rich and fine-grained analysis that encompasses political issues from the NATO alliance and European integration to everyday life and popular culture.
Subjects: History: 20th Century to Present Sociology
Published January 2019
The Changing Meanings of the Welfare State
Histories of a Key Concept in the Nordic Countries
Edling, N. (ed)
The Nordic concept of “the welfare state” is a well-worn analytical idea that has yet to receive much exploration beyond its postwar emergence. This volume chronicles “the welfare state” from its historical origins to its interpretations, values, and challenges over time in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.
Subjects: History (General) History: 20th Century to Present Political and Economic Anthropology Sociology
Published December 2018
Europeanization in Sweden
Opportunities and Challenges for Civil Society Organizations
Meeuwisse, A. & Scaramuzzino, R. (eds)
This volume brings together new empirical research into how the process of European integration has played out in Sweden. Europeanization in Sweden not only offers insights into how Europeanization is enacted on the ground, but also addresses the question of whether and how the “Swedish model” can guide European integration.
Subjects: Sociology Political and Economic Anthropology
Published August 2018
Being a Sperm Donor
Masculinity, Sexuality, and Biosociality in Denmark
Through ethnographic explorations of the everyday lives of Danish sperm donors, Being a Sperm Donor explores how masculinity and sexuality are reconfigured in a time in which the norms and logics of (reproductive) biomedicine have become ordinary, and examines how the latter’s socio-cultural and political dimensions become intertwined with men’s intimate sense of self.
Subjects: Medical Anthropology Gender Studies and Sexuality Sociology
Published August 2018
Lullabies and Battle Cries
Music, Identity and Emotion among Republican Parading Bands in Northern Ireland
Lullabies and Battle Cries examines the relationship between music, emotion, memory, and identity in Northern Irish republican parading bands, exploring how rebel parade music provides a foundational idiom of national and republican expression, acting as a critical medium for shaping new political identities.
Subjects: Performance Studies Anthropology (General)
Published April 2018
The Virago Story
Assessing the Impact of a Feminist Publishing Phenomenon
The Virago Story provides a comprehensive history of classic feminist publisher Virago, along with an up-to-date analysis of the four waves of feminism, new strands of feminist analysis and praxis, and publishing trends.
Subjects: Gender Studies and Sexuality Cultural Studies (General) History: 20th Century to Present
Published February 2018
Managing Northern Europe's Forests
Histories from the Age of Improvement to the Age of Ecology
Oosthoek, K. J. & Hölzl, R. (eds)
Eleven chapters, organized regionally, explore the origins of state forestry policy in Northern Europe from the early modern period to the present. Topics include fundamental policy aims, the functioning and organisations of forestry, forest management, wood supply, regulations, forest statistics, wood depletion, growing stock, forest conservation, and landscape protection.
Subjects: Environmental Studies (General) History: Medieval/Early Modern History: 18th/19th Century
Published September 2017
Making Nordic Historiography
Connections, Tensions and Methodology, 1850-1970
Haapala, P., Jalava, M., & Larsson, S. (eds)
Is there a “Nordic history”? If so, what are its origins, its scope, and its defining features? In this definitive volume, scholars from all five Nordic nations tackle a notoriously problematic historical concept. Each contribution takes a deliberately transnational approach while grounding itself in careful research, yielding rich, nuanced perspectives on shifting and contested historical terrain.
Subjects: History: 18th/19th Century History: 20th Century to Present
Published May 2017
A Sociological Study
Skogen, K., Krange, O., & Figari, H.
Making a comeback in Northern Europe and North America, wolf populations cause conflicts by affecting the livelihoods of rural peoples. However, their arrivals also become embedded in more general societal tensions. Wolf Conflicts reveals how conflicts over land use and conservation intertwine with patterns of hegemony and resistance in modern societies.
Subjects: Sociology Environmental Studies (General)
Published May 2017
Hairy Hippies and Bloody Butchers
The Greenpeace Anti-Whaling Campaign in Norway
This book provides an inside look at Greenpeace’s decades-long campaign against the Norwegian whaling industry. Combining historical narrative with sophisticated systems-theory analysis, it examines the organization’s failure to end Norwegian whaling, providing valuable lessons for other protest movements.
Subjects: Environmental Studies (General) History: 20th Century to Present Sociology
Published May 2017
Labour, Unions and Politics under the North Star
The Nordic Countries, 1700-2000
Hilson, M., Neunsinger, S., & Vyff, I. (eds)
Notwithstanding Nordic countries’ reputation for strong labour movements, the fortunes of organized labour have varied widely throughout the region and across different historical periods. Together, the essays collected here explore themes such as work, unions, politics and migration in the Nordic states from the early modern period to the twenty-first century.
Subjects: History (General) Political and Economic Anthropology
Published February 2017
Values in Action at the Swedish Tax Agency
Björklund Larsen, L.
How do you make taxpayers comply? This ethnography is a vivid account of one of the most esteemed Swedish bureaucracies – the Swedish Tax Agency. Shaping Taxpayers focuses on how fiscal strategies and relationships, as well as diverse knowledge claims – legal, economic, cultural – compete to shape taxpayer behaviour.
Subjects: Anthropology (General) Political and Economic Anthropology
Published November 2016
Ambassadors of Realpolitik
Sweden, the CSCE and the Cold War
This groundbreaking study looks at the tension between realism and idealism in Swedish diplomacy during the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and 1975 Helsinki Accords. It offers a compelling counternarrative of this period, showing that Sweden strategically ignored human rights violations in Eastern Europe in its pursuit of national interests.
Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Published October 2016
The Man from the Third Row
Hasse Ekman, Swedish Cinema and the Long Shadow of Ingmar Bergman
Once one of the leading lights of Swedish cinema, director Hasse Ekman is today virtually unknown outside of Sweden, eclipsed by the iconic Ingmar Bergman. This first-ever English-language book on the subject provides an engaging, comprehensive survey of Ekman’s career, combining explorations of historical context with insightful analyses of styles and themes.
Subject: Film and Television Studies
Published August 2016
Bioethics and Care in a Dutch Clinic
This book places the patient-centred practices of a single clinic in a national context where ARTs are highly regulated (‘Dutch IVF’) and examines how this form of medicine co-shapes the experiences, views and decisions of the women and men using these technologies.
Subject: Medical Anthropology
Published June 2016
Sweden after Nazism
Politics and Culture in the Wake of the Second World War
World War II—and particularly the specter of Nazism—changed Swedish society profoundly. This definitive study follows Swedish culture from its affinity for Germany to a framing of Nazism as a discredited, distinctively German phenomenon rooted in militarism and Romanticism.
Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Published January 2016
Reproducing the Nation and the Scandinavian Nationalist Populist Parties
In order to affect domestic politics, Scandinavian populist parties must cross the threshold to the national parliament while earning the nation’s trust. While the Progress Party in Norway and the Danish People’s Party have, the Sweden Democrats has not. The fissures in public opinion lead to a polarized public debate that raises the question of national identity, of what we are.
Subjects: Sociology History: 20th Century to Present
Published June 2015
To the Bomb and Back
Finnish War Children Tell Their World War II Stories
Saffle, S. (ed)
Between 1939 and 1945 some 80,000 Finnish children were sent to Sweden, Denmark, and elsewhere, ostensibly to protect them from danger while their nation’s soldiers fought superior Soviet and German forces. This is the first English-language account of Finland’s war children and their experiences, told through the survivors’ own words.
Subjects: History: World War II Memory Studies
Published May 2014
Negotiating Identity in Scandinavia
Women, Migration, and the Diaspora
Akman, H. (ed)
“The anthology provides careful analysis based on rich empirical material that illuminates the complexity of the region (and of the migration processes that have occurred in the last thirty years) represented and acted upon as the Nordic…[Its] strength lies in its ability to pose central research questions at the crossroad between the making of the ‘Nordic’ and the original ways through which diasporic communities create gendered forms of belonging that transcend the nation-state. This ability to move between the local and the global through original and reflexive methodologies locates the anthology’s work within a broader international scholarship.” · Diana Mulinari, Center for Gender Studies, University of Lund
Subjects: Anthropology (General) Gender Studies and Sexuality Refugee and Migration Studies
Published May 2014
From Antiquities to Heritage
Transformations of Cultural Memory
What does it mean when runic stones or medieval churches are transformed from antiquities to monuments to heritage sites? This book argues that the transformations concern more than words alone: They reflect fundamental changes in the way we experience the past, and the way historical objects are assigned meaning and value in the present.
Subjects: Museum Studies Memory Studies Heritage Studies
Published September 2012
Narrating the Future in Siberia
Childhood, Adolescence and Autobiography among the Eveny
Subjects: Anthropology (General) Sociology
Published February 2012
Nordic Paths to Modernity
Árnason, J. P. & Wittrock, B. (eds)
Subjects: Development Studies History (General) Sociology
Published July 2011
The Annoying Difference
The Emergence of Danish Neonationalism, Neoracism, and Populism in the Post-1989 World
Subjects: Anthropology (General) Refugee and Migration Studies Peace and Conflict Studies
Published September 2010
The Design of Culture at Bang & Olufsen
Subject: Applied Anthropology
Published October 2009
Unveiling the Whale
Discourses on Whales and Whaling
Subjects: Environmental Studies (General) Anthropology (General)
Published January 2007
State and Civil Society in Northern Europe
The Swedish Model Reconsidered
Trägårdh, L. (ed)