Critical Sámi Research as the Means of Finding Ways of Seeing

Erika Sarivaara, Satu Uusiautti, Kaarina Määttä


The Sámi form a small indigenous people living in four countries, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The situation of the Sámi populations in these countries is challenging mostly because of colonial history, and new ways of researching and developing their conditions are greatly needed. The purpose of this article is to contemplate the potentials that the critical theory and research could offer to Sámi research and to indigenous research in general. The problems of cultural identity in relation to the mainstream society and within the indigenous community are discussed as the target of critical research and reflection. The value of critical research as the enhancement of emancipation and empowerment are evaluated.

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