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Peace, love, depoliticisation and the domestic alien: National identity in the memorial messages collected after the terror attacks in Norway 22 July 2011
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013). (Critical events, values and national identity formation)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7802-238X
2014 (English)In: National Identities, ISSN 1460-8944, E-ISSN 1469-9907Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The terror attacks in Norway in July 2011 led to massive popular mobilisation as

particularly expressed in thousands of memory messages displayed at spontaneous

memorial sites. This article is based on a review and analysis of all messages,

collected in Oslo and in the area around Utøya Island, using the concepts ‘critical

event’, ‘national identity dynamic’, ‘depoliticisation’ and ‘domestic alien’. Results

show that the predominant theme in the messages of peace and compassion is partly

made possible by subordinate themes of depoliticisation and of alienating the

perpetrator from majority, national community, thus contributing to the ongoing

construction of a Norwegian, national identity.

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Taylor & Francis, 2014.
Keyword [en]
terror attacks, critical event, national identity dynamic, depoliticisation, domestic alien, Norway
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-32477DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2014.918593OAI: diva2:724661
Critical events, values and national identity formation
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Dnr F13-1395:1

Published online 27 May 2014

Available from: 2014-06-13 Created: 2014-06-13 Last updated: 2014-12-09Bibliographically approved

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