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1st Edition

The Sámi World

ISBN 9780367458157
Published June 6, 2022 by Routledge
620 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a comprehensive and multifaceted analysis of the Sámi society and its histories and people, offering valuable insights into how they live and see the world.

The chapters examine a variety of social and cultural practices, and consideration is given to environment, legal and political conditions and power relations. The contributions by a range of experts of Sámi studies and Indigenous scholars are drawn from across the Sápmi region, which spans from central Norway and central Sweden across Finnish Lapland to the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Sámi perspectives, concepts and ways of knowing are foregrounded throughout the volume. The material connects with wider discussions within Indigenous studies and engages with current concerns relating to globalization, environmental and cultural change, Arctic politics, multiculturalism, postcolonialism and neoliberalism.

The Sámi World will be of interest to scholars from a number of disciplines, including Indigenous studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, history and political science.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Introduction to the Sámi world

Sanna Valkonen, Saara Alakorva, Áile Aikio and Sigga-Marja Magga


1 A window into vanishing Sámi culture? Visual representations of Sáminess in the shared Siida exhibition by Sámi Museum Siida and Northern Lapland’s Nature Centre

Áile Aikio

2 Gákti on the pulse of time: The double perspective of the traditional Sámi dress

Sigga-Marja Magga

3 Skolt Saami Leuʹdd: Tradition as a medium of individual and collective remembrance

Marko Jouste

4 Trickster blurring expectations and values of Sámi community: Author Jovnna-Ánde Vest reshaping Sámi muittašangirjjálašvuohta (reminiscence literature)

Hanna Helander and Veli-Pekka Lehtola

5 The river breaks – and freezes: Sámi women in Laestadianism Torjer A. Olsen

6 From History to Herstory of the Sámi world: Proposing a feminist approach to the settlement history of Finnish Lapland

Saara Alakorva, Ritva Kylli and Jarno Valkonen

7 Caught in the state’s net? Ecologies of care in Deanuleahki, Sápmi

Annikki Herranen-Tabibi

8 Defi ning the Sámi cultural environment: New perspectives for fieldwork

Päivi Magga

9 Frustrated caretakers: Sámi egg gatherers and cloudberry pickers

Solveig Joks

10 Sámi food culture: Traditional practices and contemporary challenges

Lena Maria Nilsson

11 Understanding Sámi reindeer herders’ knowledge systems of snow and ice

Inger Marie Gaup Eira

12 Issues of Sámi representation in Finnish tourism: A quest for authenticity Nuccio Mazzullo


13 The futures of Sami languages

Leena Huss and Anna-Riitta Lindgren

14 Residential schooling of the Sámi in the Soviet Union: Historical development and impacts

Anna Andersen

15 The Sámi in the spiral of negative social developments of the Soviet North

Lukas Allemann

16 Changing states, changing Sámi? Framing the state and the Sámi in studies of history in Finland and Norway 1923–1954

Jukka Nyyssönen

17 The Sámi fl ag(s): From a revolutionary sign to an institutional symbol
Saara Alakorva

18 Who are ‘We, the People’? A comparative analysis of the right to register in the Sámi electoral roll in Finland, Norway and Sweden

Ulf Mörkenstam, Per Selle and Sanna Valkonen

19 Toxic speech, political self-Indigenization and the ethics and politics of critique: Notes from Finland

Laura Junka-Aikio

20 The history and current situation of discrimination against the Sámi

Ketil Lenert Hansen

21 Municipal politics in the Sámi homeland in Finland

Vesa Puuronen

22 The Stockholm Sámi administrative area and Indigenous resurgence

Karin Eriksson

23 The role of the Sámi media in democratic processes: The Arctic Railway in Yle Sápmi and NRK Sápmi

Inker-Anni Sara, Torkel Rasmussen and Roy Krovel

24 The Áltá and Deatnu confl icts and the articulations of nature

Tapio Nykänen


25 The history of the hybrid Sámi media system

Torkel Rasmussen, Inker-Anni Sara and Roy Krovel

26 ‘It should be her language’: New speakers of Sámi languages transmitting the language to the next generation

Annika Pasanen

27 Ládjogahpir rematriated: Decolonization of the Sámi women’s hat of pride

Eeva-Kristiina Nylander

28 Sámi research ethics under construction

Anna-Lill Drugge

29 Driving around with Aunt Máret: Historical consciousness of the Sámi in transition

Veli-Pekka Lehtola

30 The characteristics and legal status of Sámi legal tradition and law

Kristina Labba

31 Commemorating continuity: Reconciling material representations in Sääʹm land

Natalia Magnani

32 Sá mi storytelling through design

Britt Kramvig and Trine Kvidal-Rovik

33 Sámi feminist conversations

Ina Knobblock

34 Queer Indigenous world-making in the Sámi TV comedy Njuoska bittut

Kata Kyrölä

35 The activism of having fun: Young Sámi in urban areas of Norway and Sweden

Astri Dankertsen

Epilogue: Ways of being in the world

Thomas Hylland Eriksen

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Sanna Valkonen is a Sámi scholar and Professor of Sámi Research at the University of Lapland, Finland. She is co-editor of Knowing from the Indigenous North: Sámi Approaches to History, Politics and Belonging (Routledge, 2018).

Áile Aikio is a Sámi scholar and doctoral candidate of sociology at the University of Lapland, Finland. In her PhD research, Aikio examines indigenization of the museum.

Saara Alakorva is a Sámi scholar, doctoral candidate of political sciences, and university teacher of Arctic world politics at the University of Lapland, Finland. In her PhD research, Alakorva studies Sámi political history and contemporary Sámi political thinking.

Sigga-Marja Magga is a Sámi scholar and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Lapland, Finland. Her work focuses on duodji handicraft and duodji epistemes.