Challenges to the human security of elderly Sámi in Finnish and Swedish Lapland

Tutkimustuotokset: Kirjoitus kirjassa/raportissa/konferenssijulkaisussaLukuTieteellinenvertaisarvioitu

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The indigenous Sámi people inhabit the northern parts of Finland and Sweden. They adhere to a traditional way of life and practice a distinct culture connected to their natural surroundings, forming a unique cultural identity. In this chapter, we look into how the concept of human security applies in assessing the well-being of elderly Sámi in the region. Climate change and developments such as mining and other industrial activities are causing significant socio-environmental changes that affect elderly Sámi. While both positive and negative impacts can be identified, risks pertaining to health and well-being are prevalent. We analyse these risks in light of data collected in Finnish and Swedish Lapland during the years 2012 and 2014. In particular, we examine the concerns and challenges which elderly Sámi face as regards the economy, environment, food and health. In concluding, we offer some recommendations on how the well-being of elderly Sámi can be promoted in response to the prevailing human security challenges.
OtsikkoUnderstanding the many faces of human security
Alaotsikkoperspectives of northern indigenous peoples
ToimittajatKamrul Hossain, Anna Petrétei
JulkaisupaikkaLeiden ; Boston
KustantajaBrill Nijhoff
ISBN (elektroninen)978-90-04-31439-9
ISBN (painettu)978-90-04-31438-2
TilaJulkaistu - 2016
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA3 Vertaisarvioitu artikkeli kokoomateoksessa


SarjaStudies in International Minority and Group Rights


  • Sosiologia
  • Sosiaali- ja yhteiskuntapolitiikka


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