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1st Edition

The Inuit World

Edited By

Pamela Stern

ISBN 9780367225391
Published November 24, 2021 by Routledge
464 Pages 69 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Inuit World is a robust and holistic reference source to contemporary Inuit life from the intimate world of the household to the global stage. Organized around the themes of physical worlds, moral, spiritual and intellectual worlds, intimate and everyday worlds, and social and political worlds, this book includes ethnographically rich contributions from a range of scholars, including Inuit and other Indigenous authors. The book considers regional, social, and cultural differences as well as the shared histories and common cultural practices that allow us to recognize Inuit as a single, distinct Indigenous people. The chapters demonstrate both the historical continuity of Inuit culture and the dynamic ways that Inuit people have responded to changing social, environmental, political, and economic conditions. Chapter topics include ancestral landscapes, tourism and archaeology, resource extraction and climate change, environmental activism, and women’s leadership.

This book is an invaluable resource for students and researchers in anthropology, Indigenous studies, and Arctic studies and those in related fields including geography, history, sociology, political science, and education.

Table of Contents

Inuit Worlds: An Introduction – Pamela Stern

Part 1: Placing Inuit Worlds

1. Ancestral Landscapes: Archaeology and Long Term Inuit History

Max Friesen

2. Enduring Social Communities of the Inuvialuit: From the Yukon North Slope to the Circumpolar Stage

Natasha Lyons, Lisa Hodgetts, Mervin Joe, Ashley Piskor, Renie Arey, David Stewart, Jason Lau, Rebecca Goodwin, Walter Bennett, Cassidy Lennie-Ipana, Mataya Gillis, Hayven Elanik, Angelina Joe, and Starr Elanik

3. Tourism and Archaeology in Nunatsiavut

Lisa Rankin, Laura Kelvin, Marjorie Flowers, and Charlotte Wolfrey

4. Nipivut and the Restorying of Inuit Life in Montreal

Mark K. Watson, Stephen Puskas, Christopher Fletcher, Donna Patrick, and Sara Breitkreutz

5. Urban Inuit in Canada: A Case Study of Ottawa

Donna Patrick, Marika Morris and Qauyisaq Etitiq

6. Building Booms and Shipping Container Housing: Geographies of Urbanization and Homelessness in Nuuk, Greenland

Julia Christensen and Steven Arnfjord

Part 2: Moral, Spiritual, and Intellectual Worlds

7. Resource Exploration and Extraordinary Happenings in Greenland’s Coastal Northwest

Mark Nuttall

8. Changing Times for People and Polar Bears

Nina H.S. Lund

9. Speaking the Inuit language in the 2020s

Louis-Jacques Dorais

10. Inuit Bilingual Education

Shelley Tulloch

11. Literacy and Christianity in Greenland

Flemming A. J. Nielsen

12. Social intersections of Inuit and biomedical models of health

Christopher Fletcher

Part 3: Intimate and Everyday Worlds

13. Real Northern Men: Performing Masculinity and Culture in Ulukhaktok, Canada

Peter Collings

14. Keeping Busy in Savissivik: Women and Work in Northwest Greenland

Janne Flora, Kirsten Hastrup, and Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen

15. "I Don´t Even Sew for Myself Anymore": The Role of Sewing in a Northern Inuit Economy

Tristan D. Pearce and Kristin Emanuelsen

16. "We are Starving for Our Food": Country Food (In)Security in Inuvik, Northwest Territories

Cahley Tod-Tims and Pamela Stern

17. Social Relations among Inuit: Tuqluraqtuq and Ilagiit

Christopher G. Trott

Part 4: Social and Political Worlds

18. Indigenous Westphalian Sovereignty? Decolonization, Secession and Indigenous Rights in Greenland

Rauna Kuokkanen

19. Inuit Nunangat: The Development of a Common Inuit Territorial and Policy Space in Canada

Nadine Fabbi and Gary Wilson

20. Energy Extraction, Resistance, and Political Change in Inuit Nunangat

Warren Bernauer and Jonathan Peyton

21. Aksunai (Be Strong): Inuit Women's Leadership in Labrador

Andrea Procter, Peggy Andersen, Beverly Hunter, and Tracy Ann Evans-Rice

22. Challenges for Greenland’s Social Policies: How We Meet the Call for Social and Political Awareness

Steven Arnfjord

23. Re-claiming Inuit Governance and Revitalizing Autonomy in NunatuKavut

Amy Hudson

24. The Predicament of Sustainability: Solutions in Greenland

Frank Sejersen

Afterword – Peter Schweitzer

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Pamela Stern is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, Canada.