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dc.contributor.authorThuen, Trond
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-20T11:45:31Z
dc.date.available2013-08-20T11:45:31Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.description.abstractIn coastal north Norway the Saami people have lived in a close relationship with Norwegians or Norse people for a thousand years or more. This relationship has been articulated in various ways over the centuries, and this article argues that in parts of the region it took a rather intimate form based on the shared exploitation of the dominant marine and terrestrial niches, a common class position as tenant farmers, a varying practice of inter-ethnic marital relations and the effects of a bilateral kinship system. Various forms of inter-ethnic contact and exchange may thus have served to reduce the relevance of ethnic difference in daily life, as suggested by Barth's argument about the integrative effect of transactions, but contrary to his argument about the transactional reinforcement of ethnic boundaries. Contrary to the intention, governmental assimilatory efforts served to reproduce the boundary as the basis for a ranked society and left coastal Saami individuals in some confusion as to how to define themselves, often opting for a mixed category of Norwegian and Saami, labelled ‘Northerner’. Ethno-political emancipation in recent years has tended to put pressure on this identity construction and promoted a dichotomised identity as either Saami or Norwegian.en
dc.identifier.citationPolar Record 48(2012) nr. 246 s. 239-249en
dc.identifier.issn0032-2474
dc.identifier.otherFRIDAID 915123
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0032247411000623
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10037/5363
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:no-uit_munin_5063
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccess
dc.subjectVDP::Social science: 200::Social anthropology: 250en
dc.subjectVDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Sosialantropologi: 250en
dc.titleVariations of ethnic boundary significance in north Norwayen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.typeTidsskriftartikkelen
dc.typePeer revieweden


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