In modern history, states have typically attempted to eliminate nomadism. Perhaps uniquely, Sweden reinforced nomadism among some of its Sámi population. In this chapter, I argue that the reason for this was twofold. First, reindeer herding necessitated nomadism, and it was thought to be the only economic contribution parts of the traditional Sámi land could provide. Second, a discourse of Borealism romanticized the Sámi and allowed them to be a contained element of Swedish national identity, rather than a threat to it.
|Title of host publication||Nomad-State Relationships in International Relations|
|Subtitle of host publication||Before and After Borders|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Subject classification (UKÄ)
- Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)