Seeing the nomads like a state: Sweden and the sámi at the turn of the last century

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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.


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  • Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)
Titel på värdpublikationNomad-State Relationships in International Relations
Undertitel på gästpublikationBefore and After Borders
FörlagPalgrave Macmillan
Antal sidor23
ISBN (elektroniskt)9783030280536
ISBN (tryckt)9783030280529
StatusPublished - 2020
Peer review utfördJa