A1 Journal article (refereed)
Categories and boundaries in Sámi exhibitions (2020)

Potinkara, N. (2020). Categories and boundaries in Sámi exhibitions. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43(12), 2140-2157. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2019.1674347

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Potinkara, Nika

Journal or series: Ethnic and Racial Studies

ISSN: 0141-9870

eISSN: 1466-4356

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 43

Issue number: 12

Pages range: 2140-2157

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2019.1674347

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72500

Additional information: The article is based on the author’s doctoral dissertation that was published in Finnish: Potinkara, Nika. 2015. Etnisyyden rakentuminen kahden saamelaismuseon perusnäyttelyissä. Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän yliopisto.


This article examines the construction of ethnicity in the permanent exhibitions of two Sami museums: Siida, the National Museum of the Finnish Sami and a Nature Centre of Metsahallitus, and ajtte, the Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum. The aim of the article is to find out how ethnic categories and boundaries are created by the exhibitions, and how the museum presentations relate to contemporary public discussions about Sami ethnicity. The presentations are analysed within the framework of discourse analysis. The findings suggest that the two museums, with a few possible exceptions, tend to produce a clear and stable ethnic boundary between the Sami and other ethnicities. Like the Sami ethno-political movement, the exhibitions emphasize the unity and togetherness of the Sami people rather than cultural or social heterogeneity within Sami societies.

Keywords: ethnicity; Samis; Sami identity; museums; museums of cultural history; discourse analysis

Free keywords: ethnicity; museum exhibitions; the Sami; discourse analysis

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 3

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