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Arctic Migrants/Arctic Villagers : The Transformation of Inuit Settlement in the Central Arctic - David Damas

Arctic Migrants/Arctic Villagers

The Transformation of Inuit Settlement in the Central Arctic

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Published: 1st May 2004
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In recent years the view has emerged that the Inuit were coerced by the Canadian government into abandoning life in scattered camps for centres of habitation. In Arctic Migrants/Arctic Villagers David Damas demonstrates that for many years government policies helped maintain dispersed settlement, but that eventually concerns over health, housing, and education and welfare brought about policy changes that inevitably led to centralization. Damas shows that while there were cases of government-directed relocation to centres, centralization was largely voluntary as the Inuit accepted the advantages of village living. In examining archives, anthropological writings, and the results of field research from an anthropological perspective, Damas provides fresh insights into the policies and developments that led to the centralization of Inuit settlement during the 1950s and 1960s.

"Excellent scholarship. It represents research in a wide variety of archival and published materials. Damas' own sense and experience of the emerging Arctic villages of the 1950s and 1960s is essential to his reading of the archives. The result is a well documented, thorough piece of work whose scholarly marks are evident on every page." Derek G. Smith, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University

Maps and Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Early Settlement in the Central Arcticp. 6
The Policy of Dispersalp. 27
Settlement in the 1950sp. 52
Settlement in the 1950s--IIp. 81
The Welfare State Policyp. 107
Settlement in the 1960sp. 132
Settlement in the 1960s--IIp. 164
Reflections and Retrospectp. 187
Notesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 270
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ISBN: 9780773524057
ISBN-10: 0773524053
Series: McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.46