Self-determination and indigenous women - "Whose voice is it we hear in the Sámi Parliament?"

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The Sámi self-determination discourse has always been state-centric in its tendency to invoke the central role of the Nordic states in shaping national policies and legislation on Sámi rights. This article examines the meaning of Sámi self-determination from the perspective of Sámi women: how do Sámi women understand the concept, how do they evaluate the current efforts to implement self-determination by Sámi political institutions and what kind of forms their socio-political participation takes in contemporary Sámi society? It argues that Sámi self-determination is often understood in relational terms as discussed by Iris Marion Young.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-62
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal on Minority and Group Rights
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • indigenous women
  • Sámi
  • self-determination
  • socio-political participation
  • women's rights

Field of science

  • Gender studies


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