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Always Already Cosmopolitan: Indigenous People and Swedish Modernity
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Concurrences)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6215-6225
2016 (English)In: European Cosmopolitanism: Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Societies / [ed] Gurminder K. Bhambra, John Narayan, London: Routledge, 2016, 65-81 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter the already and always transnational links of indigenous peoples are focused as they became visible and utilized in 20th century European and international politics. An increasing academic focus on classification and developmental determinism painted indigenous peoples as static societies that hinted at European prehistory, and as the century progressed, stood in need of protection and special support in attempts to bring them into modernity. As relics of the past indigenous peoples - at least in certain parts of the world - were also perceived with nostalgia for an idyllic life lost in the rapid and ruthless scramble for industrialization. Indigenous peoples, however, were never just foils for European and Western imagination. Sami people in northern Scandinavia spanned four nation states, advocated for rights and forged transnational alliances already in the beginning of the 20th century. After World War II contacts increased between indigenous peoples in the north of the European continent and in North America. Individuals and groups crossed boundaries and travelled for leisure, for the purpose of labour opportunities, and in order to influence the political process. An international language of indigeneity grew out of these contacts, and demonstrated that while on the one hand marginalized and victims of Europe's colonial and imperial reach, indigenous peoples were also and always agents of change and reflection in a manner that both contributes to and challenges understandings of cosmopolitanism.

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London: Routledge, 2016. 65-81 p.
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International Library of Sociology
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History
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Humanities, History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58108ISBN: 978-1-138-96110-4 (print)ISBN: 978-1-315-65999-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-58108DiVA: diva2:1046218
Available from: 2016-11-12 Created: 2016-11-12 Last updated: 2016-12-01Bibliographically approved

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