Northern Insights opens up a viewpoint on lived gender and everyday life in the northernmost societies.
“In the middle of nowhere?” This book looks beyond this kind of wornout slogan used in Finland and deconstructs dichotomous assumptions which view the North as an opposite to the South. From the viewpoint of Nordic Lapland or the Arctic region as a whole, most feminist research has overlooked the cultural, social and ethnic differences in the North.
Nordic societies have been viewed mainly in relation to the countries and cultures of the South or East; rarely have they concentrated on the differences and marginality of the North. What is gendered life like in Northern societies? What are the conditions for women’s agency? What does the principle of located knowledge mean in the North? In what direction do travelling theories travel?
The main purpose of this book is to discuss the politics of place in the context of feminist research from the perspective of marginal Northern societies and cultures. Geographically and politically, the idea of “North” is wide; in this book, many of the research topics deal with Finnish Lapland but extend beyond its official geographical boundaries. The authors open up viewpoints on lived gender and everyday life in the northernmost societies, analysing the agency of women in different Nordic contexts described both by works of art and experiential narratives.
Seija Keskitalo-Foley & Päivi Naskali
Tracing Places and Deconstructing Knowledge
Part I: Discussing Places
Rethinking positionality – Universalism and Localism in Contact
“We were in the air” Cultural In-between Spaces in the Video Installation “Angles of Incidence”
Mari Mäkiranta & Outi Ylitapio-Mäntylä
Care and Emotional Looking in Memory-based Photographs
Part II: Women’s Agency in Everyday Life Past and Present
New Women at the Arctic Circle: Two Photographer Sisters at the Beginning of the 1900s
Näskämatic – a Sami Spinning Jenny? Sami Handicraft, the Gender System, and the Transition of Culture
Highly Educated Women in Lapland Looking for Agency in the Neoliberal Era
Part III: Deconstructing Stereotypes of Northern Minorities
The Only Gay in the Village? Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals Living in Rural Communities in Finnish Lapland
Laestadian Girls in Forbidden Fruit: Representations of Gender, Place and Agency
Ethnopolitics ans Women’s History as Reflected in Popular Literature: Bente Pedersen’s Raija, a history and a life in the North Calotte