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Colonizing Latvia: A piece of Swedishness in the Forests of Talsi
Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Ethnology. (Historiska studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6541-6945
2011 (English)In: Ethnologia Europaea, ISSN 0425-4597, Vol. 41, no 2, 24-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates the ways in which Latvian sawmill workers understand the effects of global capitalism in postsocialist Latvia, here represented by the establishment of a Swedish industry in the forest-rich region of Talsi. Technology, organization, language, culture, as well as "masters", are imported specially from Sweden, and all are deemed necessary in order to make the plant competitive. The article is concluded with a discussion of how we shall understand this kind of colonization project with stability as an inbuilt goal in relation to a world economy that all the more builds on transitory relationships to places, as well as rapid movements across state borders. The article also problematizes the conceptualizations of postsocialist studies in relation to concepts such as postcolonialism, neocolonialism and neocapitalism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press , 2011. Vol. 41, no 2, 24-38 p.
Keyword [en]
workers culture, global capitalism, neoliberalism, neocolonialism, Latvia
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Ethnology
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-15025ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84859250630Local ID: 696/42/2007:28OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-15025DiVA: diva2:483881
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Global capitalism and everyday resistance at the intersection of of East and West
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 696/42/2007:28
Available from: 2012-01-26 Created: 2012-01-26 Last updated: 2014-12-22Bibliographically approved

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