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Global Perspectives on the United StatesPro-Americanism, Anti-Americanism, and the Discourses Between$
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Virginia R. Domínguez and Jane C. Desmond

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040832

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040832.001.0001

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Tales of the West

Tales of the West

“Americanization” in an Era of “Europeanization”

(p.217) Chapter 9 Tales of the West
Global Perspectives on the United States

Kristin Solli

University of Illinois Press

This essay examines “country music,” its fans in Norway, and its complicated message about “Europeanization.” It shows how sporting “American” symbols such as cowboy hats and U.S. flags was common practice among fans of “country music” in Norway at the turn of the 21st century, and argues that these acts represent a rural Norwegian embrace of the U.S. as a way of protesting “Europeanization.” Solli is careful to argue that it never meant embracing U.S. foreign policy in general nor an urban Norwegian pro-Americanism, but she does suggest that taking Norway as a case study is helpful in thinking about many forms of ambivalence, including the transatlantic conflict over the Iraq War. Norwegian discourses about “America” and “Americanization” she argues, must be understood in relation to the European Union and not just in relation to the U.S., but rural-urban conflict in Norway about Norwegian-ness also plays a central role in processes of “othering” that are key in the phenomenon of Norwegian “country music” fandom.

Keywords:   country music, rurality, Europe, Norway, “othering”, fandom, “Americanization”, “Europeanization”, culture and politics

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