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Author Alia, Valerie, 1942- author

Title Names and Nunavut : culture and identity in Arctic Canada / Valerie Alia

Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (172 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents The importance of names in Inuit culture -- Visiting, colonial style : from early days of cultural intervention to the Cold War -- Renamed overnight : the history of Project Surname -- 'The people who love you' : contemporary perspectives on naming in Nunavut -- Homelands and diasporas : concluding thoughts on the politics of naming
Summary "On the surface, naming is simply a way to classify people and their environments. The premise of this study is that it is much more - a form of social control, a political activity, a key to identity maintenance and transformation. Governments legislate and regulate naming; people fight to take, keep, or change their names. A name change can indicate subjugation or liberation, depending on the circumstances. But it always signifies a change in power relations. Since the late 1970s, the author has looked at naming and renaming, cross-culturally and internationally, with particular attention to the effects of colonisation and liberation. The experience of Inuit in Canada is an example of both. Colonisation is only part of the Nunavut experience. Contrary to the dire predictions of cultural genocide theorists, Inuit culture -- particularly traditional naming -- has remained extremely strong, and is in the midst of a renaissance. Here is a ground-breaking study by the founder of the discipline of political onomastics"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Inuit -- Nunavut -- Government relations.
Inuit -- Nunavut -- Social life and customs.
Names, Ethnological -- Nunavut.
Names, Geographical -- Nunavut.
Names, Inuit -- Political aspects -- Nunavut.
Names, Inuit -- Nunavut.
Nunavut -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0857458493 (electronic book)
1845451651 (cloth)
1845454138 (paper)
9780857458490 (electronic book)
9781845451653 (cloth)
9781845454135 (paper)