Iceland: Crisis and Coloniality

Kristín Loftsdóttir’s new book “Crisis and Coloniality at Europe’s Margins” eloquently discusses the Icelandic paradox by means of contextualizing the country’s recent history through the lenses of coloniality and what I believe to be successful attempts at decoloniality. The book covers the social and political developments from the inception of the Icelandic Modern State to the 2008 crisis in recent times.

Kristín is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iceland. Her research has focused on whiteness, gender, racial identity, migration, nationalism, Nordic exceptionalism and crisis, basing on work in Iceland, Niger and Belgium.

Her work is especially interesting to me as it gives a much needed account of the impact of neoliberal policies on subjectivity and situates Iceland in a global historical perspective.

Here is my book review which I hope to be useful to students and young researchers getting familiar to Kristín‘s anthropological work in Iceland:

Updated

Book Review: Kristín Loftsdóttir, Crisis and Coloniality at Europe’s Margins: Creating Exotic Iceland:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/346652553_Book_Review_Kristin_Loftsdottir_Crisis_and_Coloniality_at_Europe’s_Margins_Creating_Exotic_Iceland

Once again, the country of Iceland is faced with a major crisis and one would hope that lessons learned in the past will foster active participation and an all-encompassing solidarity for all Icelanders, those who started their journey in the island or elsewhere.

Full book review to be published in the fall 2020.

The Little Match Girl and Our Perverted Modern Vices

Originally published on Stúdentablaðið, December 4, 2020…“It was December 31, New Year’s Eve, when the unnamed little girl who sold matches for a living walked barefoot through frosty snow, winding her way through the city’s narrow streets and alleyways. Her body shivered in the cold breeze. She could see light shining through the windows and […]

Book Review: Kristín Loftsdóttir, Crisis and Coloniality at Europe’s Margins: Creating Exotic Iceland

(PDF) Book Review: Kristín Loftsdóttir, Crisis and Coloniality at Europe’s Margins: Creating Exotic Iceland. Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/346652553_Book_Review_Kristin_Loftsdottir_Crisis_and_Coloniality_at_Europe’s_Margins_Creating_Exotic_Iceland APA: Teixeira, A. G. (2020). Book Review: Kristín Loftsdóttir, Crisis and Coloniality at Europe’s Margins: Creating Exotic Iceland. International Political Anthropology journal. Vol. (13) 2, 203-208.

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