1st Edition

Knowing from the Indigenous North
Sámi Approaches to History, Politics and Belonging

ISBN 9780415790734
Published October 2, 2018 by Routledge
176 Pages

USD $155.00

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Book Description

Focusing on the Sápmi region of Northern Europe as a point of departure, this book enriches and sharpens the concept of 'the North.' It combines detailed empirical research on the Sámi people and their life-worlds with theoretical contributions from leading scholars. The authors consider the European North not only as a geographical site or an object of academic research, but as a particular way of knowing and being, with its own needs, practices, concepts, and imaginings. The North, as an epistemic position, offers its own conceptions of politics, human agency, history, and social relations, which this book studies and describes. The volume challenges us to consider social scientific knowledge, its significance, and the practices of producing it in a new way.

Table of Contents

Part I: On knowing from the North

1. Introduction  Jarno Valkonen, Sanna Valkonen & Tim Ingold
2. On local Knowledge  Jarno Valkonen & Sanna Valkonen

Part II: Histories from North

3. Evasive strategies of defiance – everyday resistance histories among the Sámi  Veli-Pekka Lehtola
4. Returning home – The different ontologies of the Sámi collections  Eeva-Kristiina Harlin
5. The paradox of autonomy  Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Part III: Knowing our place and lifeworld

6. Belonging to Sápmi – the Sámi conceptions of home and home Region  Päivi Magga & Saara Tervaniemi
7. Reindeer herding, snowmobile and social change – and a word on identity  Jarno Valkonen & Petri Ruuska
8. The North is Everywhere  Tim Ingold

Part IV: On indigeneity, politics and governance

9. “I’ll show you the tundra”. The Sámi as an Indigenous people in the political thought of Nils-Aslak Valkeapää  Tapio Nykänen
10. Conceptual Governance on Defining Indigeneity: The Sámi Debate in Finland  Sanna Valkonen
11. The politics of belonging in the Indigenous North  Michael Skey

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Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Sanna Valkonen is a Sámi scholar and Associate Professor of Sámi Research at the University of Lapland, Finland.

Jarno Valkonen is a Sámi scholar and Professor of Sociology at the University of Lapland, Finland.