Den inhemska andra: Svenska prästers bilder av samer från 1600-talets mission till den så kallade Lappmarken
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Domestic Other : Representations of Samic People by Swedish Priests on Missionary Missions During the 17th Century (English)
This study aims to unfold and explain the historical Swedish view upon the Samic people. The fundamental question asked is: ”In which manner, or manners, are the Samic people in the so called Lappmarkerna portrayed by Swedish missionaries during the 17th century?
The study makes use of five Swedish missionaries’ written accounts of their travels in Lappmarkerna during the 17th century. The primary sources are examined through a hermeneutic method and the results are analyzed from a postcolonial theoretical framework based mostly on Edward Said’s Orientalism and Ania Loomba’s Colonialism/postcolonialism.
The results unfold a view of the Samic people as indeed something other than the rest of the Swedes. The Samic people were described as cowardly, lazy, small in stature, not particularly strong, vigorous, fairly intelligent, disgraceful in the context of trade and very skilled with a bow and at hunting in general, but lacking any inclination towards war.
The view of the Samic people as the other is however mostly not based on a suggestion that there were any ontological differences between the Samic people and the Swedes. On the contrary, the described differences were mostly ascribed to historical and cultural causes. It’s plausible that the explanation for the limited claims about any fundamental differences is found in the Swedish missionaries’ purpose of producing accounts of their travels. The Swedish missionaries were probably inclined to emphasize the basic similiarities in order to establish that the Samic people were possible to convert to Christianity as well as foster into becoming proper Swedish subjects.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 47 p.
postcolonialism, colonialism, samic, Lapland, missionary, priests, other
Samer, samerna, svenska präster, mission, missionsuppdrag, lappmarkerna, kolonialism, postkolonialism, andrafiering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-46380DiVA: diva2:855224
Subject / course
Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Gunlög, Fur, Professor
Wångmar, Erik, Docent