Reinvention through Nordicness: values, traditions, and terroir

Lars Pynt Andersen, Frank Lindberg, Jacob Östberg

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New Nordic Cuisine has now matured and evolved from the rather elitist ‘fine dining’ into diversity of brands that rely on varying values in addition to the geographical typicality for their reinventions. Little research has however focussed on such developments and we ask how brand actors negotiate Nordicness in their branding. We do this through empirical investigations in the cuisine sectors of Odense in Southern Denmark and of Bodø in Northern Norway. Our results show that meaning of traditions, social 'hygge', inclusiveness and egalitarian values are centrally held resources for brand constructions. We discuss how the symbolic resources related to the geographical place with its tangible, physical focus on brand value are pushed into the background in favour of social place and cultural values as resources for reinvention through Nordicness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Nordic Wave in Place Branding : Poetics, Practices, Politics
EditorsCecilia Cassinger, Andrea Lucarelli, Szilvia Gyimóthy
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication dateNov 2019
ISBN (Print)9781788974318
ISBN (Electronic)9781788974325
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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