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
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.