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Sacred unity, sacred similarity: Norwegian Constitution Day parades
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, Comparative Religion and Gender Studies. Etnologi.
1999 (English)In: Ethnology, ISSN 0014-1828, Vol. 38, no 2, 175-189 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Norwegian Constitution Day parades are annual occasions for public demonstrations of belonging to the Norwegian community. Simultaneously they are events that mark social statuses and categories by including them in different ways or by excluding them from participation. This article discusses three kinds of contemporary Constitution Day parades, inviting participants in their capacities of schoolchildren, teenage students or citizens. Examining their composition and focussing particularly upon the citizens' parade, the article shows how parades, partly against their overtly stated intentions, come to support a narrowly defined Norwegian normality and ascribe to modern subcultural and ethnic minorities a controversial character.

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1999. Vol. 38, no 2, 175-189 p.
Keyword [en]
ritual, public event, parade, national community
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20499OAI: diva2:187025
Available from: 2008-01-11 Created: 2008-01-11 Last updated: 2011-01-14Bibliographically approved

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