University of Oulu

Ridanpää, J. (2021). Borderlands, minority language revitalization and resilience thinking. In Borderlands Resilience (pp. 137-151). Routledge.

Borderlands, minority language revitalization and resilience thinking

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Author: Ridanpää, Juha1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-12-01


This chapter discusses the revitalization of Meänkieli, a minority language spoken in the Tornio Valley, the borderland of Finland and Sweden with a long history of marginalization and othering. The main research question concerns how cultural activists involved in Meänkieli language revitalization re-narrativize their shifting identities by connecting resilience thinking together with the practices of active socio-cultural resistance. The chapter illustrates how revitalizing endangered languages functions as a mechanism for strengthening fragile minority groups and communities, containing protective function as a “bounce back” from a disturbance of socio-cultural marginalization, thus conveying resilience where significant disparities otherwise exist. The study is based on group discussions conducted in northern Sweden during the fall of 2015 and the spring of 2016 with Meänkieli speaking cultural activists.

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Series: Border regions series
ISSN: 2577-6002
ISSN-E: 2577-5995
ISSN-L: 2577-6002
ISBN: 978-1-003-13132-8
ISBN Print: 978-0-367-67427-4
Pages: 137 - 151
DOI: 10.4324/9781003131328-12
Host publication: Borderlands resilience : transitions, adaptation and resistance at borders
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © 2022 The Authors. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Borderlands Resilience on 29 December 2021, available online: