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Nordområdenarrativer og identitetsbygging i nord [Norwegian High North Narratives and Identity Construction in the North]

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ingrid A. MedbyORCiD



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In this short article we consider how Norwegian High North policies have been communicated through political “narratives”. Through Narrative Political Analysis, we highlight the use of ideas about past, present and future in and as “the north”. Domestically, this has meant a renarrativisation of identity and an increased focus on elements such as ocean and coastal histories; and internationally, it has meant a reassessment of Norway’s position in the world. No least the country’s international role has in this narrative been characterised by ideas of leadership, sustainability, and responsibility. We conclude that the High North narrative has evolved over time, but that the story is far from over; it continues at steady pace northwards – and towards the ocean.

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Author(s): Steinveg B, Medby IA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Internasjonal Politikk

Year: 2020

Volume: 78

Issue: 4

Pages: 535-544

Online publication date: 08/12/2020

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 12/08/2021

ISSN (print): 0020-577X

ISSN (electronic): 1891-1757

Publisher: Cappelen Damm Akademisk AS


DOI: 10.23865/intpol.v78.2380


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