An Introduction to Alternative Spaces

  • Jens Dahl
  • Esther Fihl
  • Birgitte Schepelern Johansen


This book is about people who, in various ways, seek to carve out a space for themselves relatively independently of the existing social and political realities of which they, nevertheless, continue to be a part. Through a range of ethnographical cases, the book addresses the innovative and complex ways in which social groups show abilities to position themselves between cultures, between states, between moralities, or between local communities and state authorities, thus creating new opportunities for agency in the modern world.


Indigenous People Muslim Woman Transformative Potential Political Reality Alternative Space 
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  • Esther Fihl
  • Birgitte Schepelern Johansen

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