Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Håkon Hermanstrand, Asbjørn Kolberg, Trond Risto Nilssen, Leiv Sem
      Pages 3-14 Open Access
  3. Sociolinguistic Perspectives

  4. Historical and Archaeological Perspectives

  5. Text and Representation

  6. Hegemony and Current Conflicts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Trond Risto Nilssen
      Pages 171-186 Open Access

About this book


This open access book is a novel contribution in two ways: It is a multi-disciplinary examination of the indigenous South Saami people in Fennoscandia, a social and cultural group that often is overlooked as it is a minority within the Saami minority. Based on both historical material such as archaeological evidence, 20th century newspapers, and postcard motives as well as current sources such as ongoing land-right trials and recent works of historiography, the articles highlight the culture and living conditions of this indigenous group, mapping the negotiations of different identities through the interaction of Saami and non-Saami people through the ages. By illuminating this under-researched field, the volume also enriches the more general debate on global indigenous history, and sheds light on the construction of a Scandinavian identity and the limits of the welfare state and the myth of heterogeneity and equality.


indigenous populations history of Fennoscandia Saami minority rights linguistic identity research global indigenous history Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Håkon Hermanstrand
    • 1
  • Asbjørn Kolberg
    • 2
  • Trond Risto Nilssen
    • 3
  • Leiv Sem
    • 4
  1. 1.The Faculty of Education and ArtsNord UniversityLevangerNorway
  2. 2.The Faculty of Education and ArtsNord UniversityLevangerNorway
  3. 3.Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  4. 4.The Faculty of Education and ArtsNord UniversityLevangerNorway

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