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Quest for Equity

Norway and the Saami Challenge

By Trond Theun
Categories: Indigenous Studies, Anthropology/ethnography, North Atlantic European Studies
Series: Social and Economic Studies
Series Number: 55
Paperback : 9780919666863, 320 pages, January 1995


Quest for Equity is a first in the social science literature in its attention to the place Norwegian ethos and symbols of state have in the dynamics of Saami peoplehood. Over and above the category distinction "Norwegian" contra "Saami," it attends to the subtle shades of difference among Saami themselves, according to their own and others' understandings of their minority placement within the Norwegian nation-state. For all--social science or lay reader alike--who grapple with ethnic minority issues, Quest for Equity is an essential text.


"With this book, appreciation of the alternative things that being Saami in Norway can mean, along with the challenges they pose to the state and its Norwegianness, is put on a new footing. "

- Robert Paine, author of Herds of the Tundra