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State Discourses of Indigenous "Inclusion": Identity and Representation in the Arctic

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ingrid A. MedbyORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2019.

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© 2019 The Author. Antipode © 2019 Antipode Foundation Ltd. Arctic decision-making processes are often praised for including Indigenous peoples. Yet, state practices of “inclusion” may also inadvertently delimit what can be meaningfully said from a stage already set for a highly specific role as “Arctic voices”. This paper draws on reflections offered by Norwegian and Icelandic state personnel on the meanings of Arctic statehood and identity, showing how often well-meaning attempts to “include” may serve the includer more than the included—indeed, may serve to uphold the same power structures they seemingly seek to improve. In so doing, the paper contributes both to understandings of Arctic statecraft and to work seeking the “peopling” of geopolitical concepts such as the state. By focusing on the operation of dominant discourses, the paper argues that current prescribed performances of “inclusion” are not enough in a region marked by histories of dispossession, assimilation, and colonisation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Medby IA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Antipode

Year: 2019

Volume: 51

Issue: 4

Pages: 1276-1295

Print publication date: 01/09/2019

Online publication date: 15/04/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 11/08/2021

ISSN (print): 0066-4812

ISSN (electronic): 1467-8330

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd


DOI: 10.1111/anti.12542


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