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Experiences of Being a Young Female Sami Reindeer Herder: A Qualitative Study from the Perspective of Mental Health and Intersectionality
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. (SITE)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1413-3253
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Northern Studies, ISSN 1654-5915, Vol. 9, no 2, 55-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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2015. Vol. 9, no 2, 55-72 p.
Keyword [en]
Sami mental health, reinder herder; female, gender, expreriences, qualitative content analysis, social construction, social categories, intersectionality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119918OAI: diva2:925546

Objectives: To explore experiences of what it means to be a young, female Sami reindeer herder in Sweden, a group occupying a unique position in Swedish Sami life, with special focus on intersectionality and exposure to risk factors regarding mental (ill) health.

Methods: A qualitative content analysis of semi-structured interviews with 13 strategically selected female reindeer herders (18–35 years old).

Results: The participants described a reindeer-herding lifestyle that they find joyful and vital, but is also conflictual and harsh. Gender-specific issues were raised, for example that they unfortunately and unnecessarily have a place other than the heart of reindeer herding reserved for them.

Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that the position of women reindeer herders is paradoxical. This position implies not only a pride in Sami culture but also a risk of developing mental health problems which should be addressed in relation to gender, the reindeer-herding lifestyle and ethnicity.

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