Forced removal of national minority children in the Swedish and Finnish Arctic through schooling
|Author:||Palo, Annbritt1; Kokkola, Lydia2; Manderstedt, Lena1|
1Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
2University of Oulu, Finland
|Online Access:||PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.1 MB)|
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020112693296
Edinburgh University Press,
|Publish Date:|| 2020-11-26
Whilst the colonial practices of child removal outside of Europe are (in-)famous, similar practices within Europe have received less critical attention. This paper examines novels and short stories set in Sweden, Finland, and the border area known as the Torne Valley. It analyses the literary portrayal of the forced removals of children, almost exclusively from the Sámi- and the Finnish/Meänkieli-speaking minorities, into workhouses or boarding schools in the Arctic regions of Sweden and Finland in the twentieth century. These stories are set against the historical background; our focus is on modalities of the trauma experienced. The discussion reveals recurring themes regarding the direct and indirect violence experienced by children, and highlights the inadequacies in the theorisation of coloniser-colonised situations developed in other contexts for describing European Arctic literature.
International research in children's literature
|Pages:||289 - 305|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
6122 Literature studies
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