Jokkmokk: Rapacity and Resistance in Sápmi

  • Simone Abram


This chapter considers the effects of the “new extractivism” on a region with a strong indigenous (Sami) presence. It shows how dilemmas over new mining concessions in reindeer herding areas have inspired indigenous resistance to broader repressive forces. Amid discussion of the new wave of (persistent) colonialism in the North, the annual Sami winter market in Jokkmokk has become an important arena for the emergence of political resistance, as environmentalists, artists, herders, and feminists unite in a new anti-colonial uprising. The politics of display, new political alliances, and the growing confidence of politicised Swedish Sami artists turn a tourist festival into a forum for resistance against the rapacity of industrial expansion.


Indigenous protest Arctic tourism Extractive industries Sami Jokkmokk 


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  • Simone Abram
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  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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