Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary

Sami Tourism in Northern Sweden : Supply, Demand and Interaction

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Subtitle: Supply, Demand and Interaction

Author list: PETTERSSON R, PETTERSSON R, PETTERSSON R

Publisher: Kulturgeografiska institutionen

Place: Umeå

Publication year: 2004

ISBN: 91-974657-2-0

URL: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-194


Abstract

Indigenous tourism is an expansive sector in the growing tourism industry. The Sami people living in Sápmi in northern Europe have started to engage in tourism, particularly in view of the rationalised and modernised methods of reindeer herding. Sami tourism offers job opportunities and enables the spreading of information. On the other hand, Sami tourism may jeopardise the indigenous culture and harm the sensitive environment in which the Sami live. The aim of this thesis is to analyse the supply and demand of Sami tourism in northern Sweden. It is argued that the indigenous culture presented at the festival and in media is highly staged, although backstage experiences are available for the Sami and for the tourists who show a special interest.


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