This book provides a comprehensive and multifaceted analysis of the Sámi society and its histories and people, offering valuable insights into how they live and see the world.

The chapters examine a variety of social and cultural practices, and consideration is given to environment, legal and political conditions and power relations. The contributions by a range of experts of Sámi studies and Indigenous scholars are drawn from across the Sápmi region, which spans from central Norway and central Sweden across Finnish Lapland to the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Sámi perspectives, concepts and ways of knowing are foregrounded throughout the volume. The material connects with wider discussions within Indigenous studies and engages with current concerns relating to globalization, environmental and cultural change, Arctic politics, multiculturalism, postcolonialism and neoliberalism.

The Sámi World will be of interest to scholars from a number of disciplines, including Indigenous studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, history and political science.

chapter |18 pages


Introduction to the Sámi world

part I|195 pages

Guođohit 1 – Living with/In Nature

chapter Chapter One|18 pages

A Window into Vanishing Sámi Culture?

Visual representations of Sáminess in the shared Siida exhibition by Sámi Museum Siida and Northern Lapland's Nature Centre 1

chapter Chapter Two|14 pages

Gákti on the Pulse of Time

The double perspective of the traditional Sámi dress 1

chapter Chapter Three|19 pages

Skolt Saami Leu'dd

Tradition as a medium of individual and collective remembrance

chapter Chapter Four|14 pages

Trickster Blurring Expectations and Values of Sámi Community

Author Jovnna-Ánde Vest reshaping Sámi muittašangirjjálašvuohta (reminiscence literature)

chapter Chapter Five|14 pages

The River Breaks – and Freezes

Sámi women in Laestadianism

chapter Chapter Six|15 pages

From History to Herstory of the Sámi World

Proposing a feminist approach to the settlement history of Finnish Lapland

chapter Chapter Seven|19 pages

Caught in the State's Net?

Ecologies of care 1 in Deanuleahki, Sápmi

chapter Chapter Eight|16 pages

Defining the Sámi Cultural Environment

New perspectives for fieldwork

chapter Chapter Nine|15 pages

Frustrated Caretakers

Sámi egg gatherers cloudberry pickers

chapter Chapter Ten|16 pages

Sámi Food Culture

Traditional practices and contemporary challenges 1

chapter Chapter Twelve|17 pages

Issues of Sámi Representation in Finnish Tourism

A quest for authenticity

part II|197 pages

Gierdat 1 – Living through/In Societal Ruptures

chapter Chapter Thirteen|15 pages

The Futures of Sami Languages

chapter Chapter Fourteen|16 pages

Residential Schooling of the Sámi in the Soviet Union

Historical development and impacts

chapter Chapter Sixteen|13 pages

Changing States, Changing Sámi?

Framing the state and the Sámi in studies of history in Finland and Norway 1923–1954

chapter Chapter Seventeen|18 pages

The Sámi Flag(s)

From a revolutionary sign to an institutional symbol

chapter Chapter Eighteen|16 pages

Who are ‘We, the People’?

A comparative analysis of the right to register in the Sámi electoral roll in Finland, Norway and Sweden

chapter Chapter Twenty Three|15 pages

The Role of the Sámi Media in Democratic Processes

The Arctic Railway in Yle Sápmi and NRK Sápmi

part III|166 pages

Duostat 1 – Envisioning Sámi Futures

chapter Chapter Twenty Six|16 pages

‘It should be her Language’

New speakers of Sämi languages transmitting the language to the next generation

chapter Chapter Twenty Seven|19 pages

Ládjogahpir Rematriated

Decolonization of the Sámi women's hat of pride

chapter Chapter Twenty Eight|14 pages

Sámi Research Ethics under Construction

chapter Chapter Twenty Nine|15 pages

Driving Around with Aunt Máret

Historical consciousness of the Sámi in transition

chapter Chapter Thirty One|13 pages

Commemorating Continuity

Reconciling material representations in Sää'm land 1

chapter Chapter Thirty Three|16 pages

Sámi Feminist Conversations

chapter Chapter Thirty Five|14 pages

The Activism of having Fun

Young Sámi in urban areas of Norway and Sweden