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Ethnofuturism and Place-Making: Bengt Pohjanen's Construction of Meänmaa
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0682-2668
2018 (English)In: Journal of Northern Studies, ISSN 1654-5915, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 93-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article examines the Tornedalian author Bengt Pohjanen’s construction of Meänmaa [literally ‘Our land’] through an analysis of a selection of texts in which the concept “Meänmaa” is used. Meänmaa refers to the border area between Sweden and Finland in the Torne Valley. The making of Meänmaa is related to ethnofuturism, an aesthetic program launched in Estonia in the 1980s. Its aim is to strengthen threatened Uralic cultures and languages. The conclusion presented is that ethnofuturism provides a framework for present-day identity formation and the making of a specific place called Meänmaa against the backdrop of a history of assimilationist policies and marginalisation.

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Umeå: Umeå University & The Royal Skyttean Society , 2018. Vol. 12, no 1, p. 93-109
Keywords [en]
ethnofuturism, place-making, Meänmaa, Tornedalian identity formation, ethnicity, minority status, Meänkieli
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152178OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-152178DiVA, id: diva2:1252111
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Swedish Research Council, 2015-01164Available from: 2018-09-30 Created: 2018-09-30 Last updated: 2018-10-17Bibliographically approved

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