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Consuming Race

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From the rise of Nordic noir to a taste for street food, from practices of natural gardening to the aesthetics of children's TV, contemporary culture is saturated with racial meanings. By consuming race we make sense of other groups and cultures, communicate our own identities, express our needs and desires, and discover new ways of thinking and being. This book explores ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 10th 2014 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2014)
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PART II, Topic-specific chapters

3) Ethnic appropriateness: white nostalgia and Nordic noir
How I read the book in the first place, starting with this and chapter 4: I had searched Sainsburys Ebooks for "Nordic Noir" hoping to find some special offer on crime novels, and this book was in the results about half way down the page. It was a while since I impulse-purchased an interesting-looking academic text, something I often want to do but usually refrain from - and went off to find where it was ch
This is a book with some amazingly refreshing ideas in its general chapters, but weaknesses in the sections about specific themes. The ideas may not be so novel to a recent sociology graduate as they are to me, but they - and the approachable, non-aggressive tone of writing - are a hugely welcome change from the blog and online newspaper dichotomy of SJW identity-politics-by-numbers v. right-wing reactionaries.

Whilst conscious of a post a few months ago by a GR friend who found a sociolo
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