Research on and by "the Other": Focusing on the Researcher's Encounter with the Lule sami in a Historically Changing Context
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Original versionEvjen, B. (2009) Research on and by "the other": focusing on the researcher's encounter with the Lule sami in a historically changing context. Acta borealia, 26(2), s. 175 -193. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08003830903372076
A century and half ago, the encounter between the researcher and those (s)he researched were described and seen from the vantage point of the researcher. ‘The others’ participated in the encounters, but were seldom asked for advice regarding the approach or to provide their own perspectives. But this has changed. Originally playing the passive role of the objects of research, today the Sami and Kven of northern Norway have taken on the role of the active participant. These changes are apparent when examining research on the Lule Sami in Norway over the last 150 years. Several dimensions must be considered. First, the researcher and their research must be placed and understood within the contemporary ideological context, implying that the situation of the researcher will reflect the social and political conditions of the time. Analysis of research from the Lule Sami area demonstrates how the researcher’s perspective on the Sami people and culture has changed over time, how the Sami role in history, and thus cultural diversity, has been revealed in greater detail, and how the Sami part of the population has increasingly participated by taking on the role of the researcher. Finally, the encounter is analysed in an international context, which shows how the local and national changes are also part of an international development.
Vitenskapelig artikkel. Omhandler samer og kveners aktive deltakelse i forskning og kunnskapsproduksjon.