Outer Space and Indigenous Security: Sweden’s ESRANGE Launch Site and the Human Security of the Sami

In: Human and Societal Security in the Circumpolar Arctic

Abstract

This chapter examines the impact on the indigenous Sami population of the establishment of the Esrange rocket launch site in northern Sweden in the early 1960’s. The intersection between the rights of indigenous people and the exploration of outer space is still a comparatively under-researched field and the chapter contributes to this emerging literature. It studies the conflict between Swedish scientific and political aspirations and the cultural and economic interests of the local Sami population, using a human security analytical framework.

Human and Societal Security in the Circumpolar Arctic

Local and Indigenous Communities

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