Tensions of Consumer Individualism. Norwegian Identity in the Context of Globalization
Globalizing poses particular challenges to likhet – Norwegian conceptualizations of alike ness – and with it the Norwegian conceptualization of individualism, because globalizing advances a different conceptualization of equality than the one on which likhet is based. The present essay explores cultural identity negotiations within Norwegian globalized consumer culture and addresses culturally expressed aspects of globalization as they emerge in negotiations of local identities in cultural texts. TV commercials are analyzed via a critical cultural theoretical framework. Specifically, three patterns that speak to likhet as a site oftension in a globalized context are discussed: exoticization, utilization, and juxtaposition.
Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordicom
Nordicom Review 32 (2011) 2, pp. 111-124