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5 State Integration and Sámi Rights ca. 1550–1750

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The political and economic integration of the Sámi regions led to changes in the legal and religious spheres. From early in the seventeenth century, taxation reforms and other state efforts took on greater significance for the Sámi's internal systems regarding access to resource bases and the distribution of production surplus. This also led to changes in legal rights. While the Sámis' access to resources in their own settlement areas had largely been construed as unproblematic, their integration into the states' administrative apparatus raised the question about what rights the Sámi had in relation to the prevailing legal systems within each of the states. The increased focus on and the more precise documentation of Sámi forms of resource usage, brought about by the process of border delineation, produced materials that could provide titles to Sámi usage rights at a later point in time.

Keywords: legal rights; religious spheres; resource usage; Sámi regoins; state integration



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