Minority Cultures and the Making of Cultural Heritage Archives in Finland

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Mikkola , K M H , Olsson , P J & Stark , E K 2019 , ' Minority Cultures and the Making of Cultural Heritage Archives in Finland ' , Ethnologia Europaea , vol. 49 , no. 1 , pp. 58-73 . https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.818

Title: Minority Cultures and the Making of Cultural Heritage Archives in Finland
Author: Mikkola, Kati Maria Henriikka; Olsson, Pia Johanna; Stark, Eija Kaarina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
University of Helsinki, Ethnology
University of Helsinki, Department of Cultures
Date: 2019-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Ethnologia Europaea
ISSN: 0425-4597
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/304881
Abstract: The article analyzes the logic behind the archival policies concerning language and ethnic minorities in Finland, drawing examples from three minority groups: the Sámi, the Finnish Roma (the Kaale), and the Finland-Swedes. We base our discussion on the documented descriptions, manuscripts, questionnaires, and fieldwork activities dealing with language and ethnic minority groups archived by the Finnish Literature Society (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, SKS) and the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, SLS) from the beginning of the nineteenth century until the early twenty-first century. Viewed from a historical perspective, the establishment of archives in Finland was inextricably connected to the societal power enjoyed by certain ethnic and language groups seeking to preserve their heritage.
Subject: 6160 Other humanities
archival practices
ethnicities
minorities
nationalism
Finland
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