What makes Norwegian culture unique? What are the core values, the central concepts that bind Norwegians together into a community of ruggedly independent, often stoic individuals with intensely nationalistic sentiments? This anthology offers a thoughtful discussion of key cultural issues affecting Norwegians at various points througout the lifespan, addressing the persisting significance of childhood and sibling relationships, reactions to Norway's recent influx of immigrants, and Norwegian perspectives on birth, death, female circumcision, adultery, and the open sea. Illustrated with examples from Norwegian folklore and song, interviews with merchant marines, ethnographic research, and news clippings, Perspectives in Traditional and Contemporary Society is ideal for both students of Scandinavian Studies and the armchair anthropologist interested in taking a closer look at Norwegian culture.
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