Experiences of Being a Young Female Sami Reindeer Herder: A Qualitative Study from the Perspective of Mental Health and Intersectionality
2015 (English)In: Journal of Northern Studies, ISSN 1654-5915, Vol. 9, no 2, 55-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 9, no 2, 55-72 p.
Sami mental health, reinder herder; female, gender, expreriences, qualitative content analysis, social construction, social categories, intersectionality
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119918OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-119918DiVA: diva2:925546
Objectives: To explore experiences of what it means to be a young, female Sami reindeer herder in Sweden, a group occupying a unique position in Swedish Sami life, with special focus on intersectionality and exposure to risk factors regarding mental (ill) health.
Methods: A qualitative content analysis of semi-structured interviews with 13 strategically selected female reindeer herders (18–35 years old).
Results: The participants described a reindeer-herding lifestyle that they find joyful and vital, but is also conflictual and harsh. Gender-specific issues were raised, for example that they unfortunately and unnecessarily have a place other than the heart of reindeer herding reserved for them.
Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that the position of women reindeer herders is paradoxical. This position implies not only a pride in Sami culture but also a risk of developing mental health problems which should be addressed in relation to gender, the reindeer-herding lifestyle and ethnicity.2016-05-022016-05-022016-05-31Bibliographically approved