Focusing on the Sápmi region of Northern Europe as a point of departure, this book enriches and sharpens the concept of 'the North.' It combines detailed empirical research on the Sámi people and their life-worlds with theoretical contributions from leading scholars. The authors consider the European North not only as a geographical site or an object of academic research, but as a particular way of knowing and being, with its own needs, practices, concepts, and imaginings. The North, as an epistemic position, offers its own conceptions of politics, human agency, history, and social relations, which this book studies and describes. The volume challenges us to consider social scientific knowledge, its significance, and the practices of producing it in a new way.

part I|2 pages

On knowing from the North

chapter 1|9 pages


ByJarno Valkonen, Sanna Valkonen, Tim Ingold

chapter 2|15 pages

On local knowledge

ByJarno Valkonen, Sanna Valkonen

part II|2 pages

Histories from North

chapter 4|20 pages

Returning home – the different ontologies of the Sámi collections

ByEeva-Kristiina Harlin

chapter 5|6 pages

The paradox of autonomy

ByThomas Hylland Eriksen

part III|2 pages

Knowing our place and lifeworld

chapter 6|16 pages

Belonging to Sápmi – Sámi conceptions of home and home region

BySaara Tervaniemi, Päivi Magga

chapter 7|17 pages

Reindeer herding, snowmobile and social change – and a word on identity

ByJarno Valkonen, Petri Ruuska

chapter 8|13 pages

The North is everywhere

ByTim Ingold

part IV|2 pages

On indigeneity, politics and governance