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Sami Rights and Sami Challenges: The modernazition process and the Swedish Sami movement, 1886-2006
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Sami Research.
2008 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of History, ISSN 0346-8755, Vol. 33, no 1, 26-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article the authors analyse the conflict in contemporary Sami politics in Sweden. To understand this conflict a historical perspective is necessary, and the authors reconstruct the ideas and beliefs in the public debate that has legitimized a system of Sami rights over more than a century, and analyse the challenges to these by the Sami movement. Two parallel themes are discussed: The first deals with the continuity and change of the Swedish Sami policy, where the authors show how ideas and beliefs concerning the Sami have limited the possibilities of political action. The second theme focuses on the political mobilization of the Sami in Sweden and their challenges of the established view of the Sami in official policy. One of the conclusions made is that it is of importance to grant indigenous peoples, like the Sami, some kind of secure political platform from which they could participate in the democratic procedure and legitimately counter-act the power of the nation states in which they live.

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2008. Vol. 33, no 1, 26-51 p.
Keyword [en]
Sami history, Swedish Sami policy, Indigenous studies
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History Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-7779DOI: doi:10.1080/03468750701431222OAI: diva2:147450
Available from: 2008-01-11 Created: 2008-01-11 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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