Kristín Loftsdóttir: Abstract and keywords

Ritið 1/15 - 2015

Kristín Loftsdóttir: Foreigners, Niggers and Terroriststs Racism in Contemporary Iceland

The article focuses on racism in contemporary Iceland, suggesting that the concept “innocence” can analytically be useful, where racism is by most people not completely rejected as a component of Icelandic society but more seen as a foreign or a new element. Contextualizing Iceland within the USA and Europe, the article emphasizes the need to recognize the global characteristics of racism simultaneously as seeing racism as articulated in a particular localized context. The importance of analyzing to a deeper extent what is seen as racist in contemporary Icelandic discourse is also emphasized and how racism is often rejected as existing historically in Iceland.

Keywords: Multiculturalism, racism, whiteness, Europe

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