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Title: One of Us?: Negotiating Multiple Legal Identities across the Viking Diaspora
Authors: Vohra, Pragya
First Published: 14-Dec-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Citation: Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2016, 39(2), pp. 204-222
Abstract: Migrations from mainland Scandinavia during the Viking age resulted in the establishment of colonies across the North Atlantic. Evidence of sustained sociocultural contact between these colonies has encouraged scholars to recognise the Viking world as a diaspora. Medieval Iceland, by way of its poets, writers, and learned men, was the locus of the memorialisation of this diaspora. Laws provide historians with a way in which to understand the creation of identity in a past society and the criteria that formed the basis of these identities. In the Viking world, where separate identities were emerging while still being connected through the diaspora, the manner in which identity was constructed and negotiated is of special interest. This paper uses Grágás, the medieval Icelandic law code, along with laws from other parts of the diaspora and Icelandic sagas to unpick how Viking diasporans negotiated identity, where they ‘belonged’, and where they were excluded.
DOI Link: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1105998
ISSN: 0141-9870
eISSN: 1466-4356
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnic and Racial Studies on 14 Dec 2015, available online: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1105998.
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