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Den svenska statens dilemma: En fallstudie om samernas grupprättigheter
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Swedish government's dilemma : A case study on sami group rights (English)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish society has trough decades developed into a multicultural society. Minority groups such as Sami have been a part of the country for a long time. By being separated from the majority through culture, language etc. minorities demand the right to become independent and have the ability to practice their culture.


History show that minorities all over the world have been discriminated and abused by the majorities. Democratic procedures are often advantages for the majority. A lot of research has been made about this. The question researchers ask themselves is if the state should compensate minorities such as Sami’s by giving them group rights and if this is the right way to achieve equality and justice within a society.


The aim of this thesis is to examine how the minority group sami is being treated by the Swedish state and to analyze whether or not group rights work in the Swedish society. The research question is:

  • Does group rights become a problem for the Swedish state?

The essay applied two basic analytical positions made by Kymlicka and Kukathas. They are both publicly known by their contributions to questions on minority rights and multiculturalism. Their different perspectives were used on sami’s current position in the Swedish society and whether or not the state should or should not have group rights.


The method used in this essay includes a descriptive analysis and a case study on the sami minority group.


The conclusion of this essay is that the swedish state, even though the existents of certain group rights are still today discriminating the samis’.

Furthermore, the reason why sami people still are not being treated well is because they have no political representation in Swedish politics.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 38 p.
Keyword [sv]
samer, svenska staten, grupprättigheter, multikulturalism
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19456OAI: diva2:530775
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Politics Studies, specialization Political Analysis, 180 credits
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-06-07 Created: 2012-06-04 Last updated: 2012-06-07Bibliographically approved

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