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Metals of Metabolism: The Construction of Industrial Space and the Commodification of Early Modern Sápmi
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
2015 (English)In: Historical Archaeologies of Capitalism / [ed] Mark P. Leone & Jocelyn Knauf., New York: Springer, 2015, 249-272 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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In 1634, silver was found in inland Sápmi, on the present border between Norway and Sweden. The Swedish Crown had the ore extracted and a works for refining the silver was established in Silbojokk the following year. During the coming decades, two more works and many mines were opened in Sápmi. Sámi, Swedish and Dutch/German migrant workers were employed under restrictive conditions and in a harsh climate. A colonial discourse was developed, viewing Sápmi as the Americas of the Swedes and the Sámi as distinctly non-Swedish/non-European. Expectations of rapid economic and political gain created a metabolic relation to natural resources. The precious metals were exploited at whatever cost. This process caused a change in the perception of man, landscape and nature. Soon, the metal ores were exhausted and all the woods cut down. The three works studied here were all abandoned during the seventeenth century. The metabolic relation to the landscape and the process of commodifying nature prevailed and laid the foundation for later industrial expansion during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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New York: Springer, 2015. 249-272 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-264985DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-12760-6_11ISI: 000373345200012ISBN: 978-3-319-12760-6ISBN: 978-3-319-12759-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-264985DiVA: diva2:862152
Available from: 2015-10-20 Created: 2015-10-20 Last updated: 2016-08-11Bibliographically approved

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