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Financial Crisis and Experience Itself: The Beginning of a Redeeming Story in Iceland
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the experience – experience itself – of the economic crisis in Iceland 2008. This exploration takes its starting point in personal stories that together form a mythic narrative about the crisis in which the causes of the crisis are retroactively invented through the construction of a phantasmagoria. Since the reason for the stories peculiar form – their retroactive invention of the crisis’ causes – cannot be accounted for by the stories themselves, the stories are approached a symptoms of an experience that for some reason is articulated through a myth, rather than with the language of political economy, and this despite the fact that their narrators have experienced the consequences of a collapsed economic system. This thesis attempt to trace and formulate the experience that has given the personal stories illustrated in this thesis their mythic form. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 119 p.
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 53
Keyword [en]
Iceland, financial crisis, experience, debt fetishism, Faustian bargain, phantasmagoria
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255343OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-255343DiVA: diva2:821922
Subject / course
Cultural Anthropology
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-16 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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