Arctic youth transcending notions of ‘culture’ and ‘nature’ : emancipative discourses of place for cultural sustainability

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Toivanen , R & Fabritius , N 2020 , ' Arctic youth transcending notions of ‘culture’ and ‘nature’ : emancipative discourses of place for cultural sustainability ' , Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability , vol. 43 , pp. 58-64 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2020.02.003

Title: Arctic youth transcending notions of ‘culture’ and ‘nature’ : emancipative discourses of place for cultural sustainability
Author: Toivanen, Reetta; Fabritius, Nora
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Area and Cultural Studies
University of Helsinki, CEREN (The Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism)
Date: 2020-04-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
ISSN: 1877-3435
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/314453
Abstract: This article presents research on contradictory representations of the Arctic and its inhabitants from the point of view of sustainable development. Indigenous peoples are repeatedly presented as connected to nature but outside politics, while business and state stakeholders portray the Arctic as uninhabited and utilizable for extractivism. These depictions diminish the agency of indigenous Sámi in political decision-making, agency that is integral to achieving a sustainable future both for Arctic lands and cultures. Contrary to what older generations fear, research from this decade shows that youth — who are increasingly moving to urban centers — are not necessarily leaving Sámi culture and lands. They are finding new modes of agency by transcending the discursive boundaries of periphery and center, nature and culture.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
youth
Arctic
Equality
SAMI
EXPERIENCES
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