Cultures of Reciprocity and Cultures of Control in the Circumpolar North

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This article surveys different cultures of engagement between
people, animals, and the landscape across the circumpolar Arctic.
Through ethnographic examples the article describes offering rituals
and placings in several Arctic contexts in the light of the emphasis
they place on affirming personhood. Similarly, rituals of management
and regulation are described in the terms of how they strive to create
predictability and control. The article tries to mediate this contrast by
examining “architectural” examples of co-operation and co-domestication
between humans, animals and landscapes. The article concludes
with a reflection on how the themes of “origins” and “animal rights”
further reconstruct these dichotomies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-27
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Northern Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

I would like to thank Olle Sundström for his patience in waiting for this
chapter during a very difficult time in the life of our family. The work on
this article was made possible by ERC AdG 295458 Arctic Domus.


  • human-animal relationships
  • circumpolar
  • reciprocity
  • management
  • animal rights
  • domestication


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