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Tradition Is Essential: Clashing Articulations of Sami Identity, Past and Present

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This chapter illuminates the complex interrelation between the concepts of ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’ in relation to claims of indigeneity, sovereignty and cultural difference. By using the example of Sami identity processes, where notions of tradition and modernity are potent concepts employed by both Sami and non-Sami, we wish to elucidate how articulations of ‘authenticity’ seems to be both a justified ethno-political tool and part of a colonizing structure that works to re-produce prejudiced images of ‘the Other’. The complexity and unique contexts inherent to ethnic identity politics encourage us to emphasize that examinations of tradition are not about exploring whether particular practices are more or less authentic. Rather, they require deep understandings of the political and cultural circumstances within which tradition is performed.

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  • Identity politics
  • Laponia
  • Modernity
  • Sami
  • TEK
  • Tradition

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Green, C., Singleton, B.E., Gaini, F. (2020). Tradition Is Essential: Clashing Articulations of Sami Identity, Past and Present. In: Lundmark, L., Carson, D.B., Eimermann, M. (eds) Dipping in to the North. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-6623-3_9

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