What has ideas of a Nordic community ,meant historically? How has Norden as a community of destiny been constructed culturally? This book contains a variety of articles exploring questions about Norden: 1. Øystein Sørensen and Bo Stråth: Introduction. The Cultural Construction of Norden 2. Uffe Østergaard: The Geopolitics of Nordic Identity - From Composite States to Nation States 3. Nina Witoszek: Fugitives from Utopia: The Scandinavian Enlightenment 4. Bernd Henningsen: The Swedish Construction of Nordic Identity 5. Øystein Sørensen: What's in a Name? The Name of the Written Language of Norway 6. Dag Thorkildsen: Religious Identity and Nordic Identity 7. Henrik Stenius: The Good Life is a Life of Conformity: The Impact of Lutheran Tradition on Nordic Political Culture 8. Peter Aronsson: Local Politics - The Invisible Political Culture 9. Torbjörn Nilsson: Scandinavian Liberalism - Prophets instead of Profits 10. Henrik Berggren: Modernity and the Nordic Concept of Youth 11. Lars Trägårdh: Statist Individualism: On the Culturality of the Nordic Welfare State
Increasingly transnationally organized economies and the developments in Europe in the wake of 1989 have put the question of Norden on the agenda in the North. The point of departure is an interest in the cultural construction of community and in what national and Nordic identities represented in the North in comparison with other patterns of national identity and community construction. With bibliography.