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Norwegian ‘explains’ 17th May. VIDEO: The flag-waving, the bizarre national costumes, the drunkenness: just what is Norway celebrating on 17th May, and what does it all mean? An anthropologist gives his view. Is it innocent national exuberance, evidence of brainwashing, or is there something more interesting going on? (Video at end of article).

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Norwegian ‘explains’ 17th May

Published on Monday, 13th May, 2013 at 17:01 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.
Last Updated on 16th May 2013 at 17:40.

VIDEO: The flag-waving, the bizarre national costumes, the drunkenness: just what is Norway celebrating on 17th May, and what does it all mean? An anthropologist gives his view.

17th May flags and banners in Oslo
17th May flags and banners in Oslo
Photo: ©2010 The Foreigner/Jess Chandler


Is it innocent national exuberance, evidence of brainwashing, or is there something more interesting going on?

(Video at end of article).

Aftenposten columnist Thorgeir Kolshus lectures in social anthropology at the University of Oslo, where he specialises in Pacific island communities.

In this short film he turns his professional gaze to the streets of Oslo.


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Published on Monday, 13th May, 2013 at 17:01 under the news category, by Ben McPherson.
Last updated on 16th May 2013 at 17:40.

This post has the following tags: 17maynorway, norwaynationalday.





  
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