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From Lappmark Statutes to Company Towns Swedish Settler Colonialism towards Sapmi
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Várdduo – Centre for Sámi Research. (Arcum)
2020 (English)In: Historisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0345-469X, E-ISSN 2002-4827, Vol. 140, no 3, p. 420-443Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay analyzes Swedish policy towards the Sami in relation to settler colonialism, employing a theoretical framework that articulates invasion not as a single event but rather functioning as a structure in a certain area towards its inhabitants. The policies and practices of the state and both regional and local authorities regarding Sarni issues follow settler colonial principles in striving to secure the territory by several means, eliminating Indigenous peoples as well as Indigenous self-determination. This is analyzed and discussed through diverse examples of Swedish policies and their impacts, including demarcation, forced dislocation, categorization and elimination in colonial archives, "authenticity"-making, and appropriation of Indigenous culture and rights. In the end, centuries of settler colonial policies and practices have created a complex fabric of actors, each carrying their different personal burdens and responsibilities. A concluding discussion articulates the necessity of decolonization and reconciliation on equal terms stemming from an intertwined settler colonial history.

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SVENSKA HISTORISKA FORENINGEN , 2020. Vol. 140, no 3, p. 420-443
Keywords [en]
Settler Colonialism, Sweden, Sapmi, Sami people, Indigenous history, Decolonisation
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History and Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-178466ISI: 000585398500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-178466DiVA, id: diva2:1517126
Available from: 2021-01-13 Created: 2021-01-13 Last updated: 2022-05-10Bibliographically approved

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