The HuSArctic Project gladly announces the publication of the book entitled “Understanding the Many Faces of Human Security: Perspectives of Northern Indigenous Peoples”. The book is published by Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden / Boston) as part of its Studies in International Minority and Group Rights series. Edited by Dr Kamrul Hossain and Anna Petrétei, the book addresses different aspects of human security challenges facing the indigenous peoples of the Arctic and sub-Arctic region.
The book launch celebration took place in the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. In addition to the editors, Professor Hiroshi Maruyama was also present at the event, and shared his thoughts on the publication process and his contribution to the book.
The book highlights increased changes of natural and social environment and their effects on the indigenous peoples of the region, in particular on the effects concerning their unique and nature-based livelihood practices. The changes taking place in the region are particularly addressed from the viewpoint of numerous pressures linked to the consequences of, for example, climate change, such as an increase in mining and other human activities resulting in socio-cultural and demographic changes. In the book, these aspects are presented from various angles, linking the questions, such as what human security means for indigenous peoples and how the concept is framed when indigenous peoples are its referent objects; how human security of the indigenous peoples should be governed allowing the greater voices for them and making them actors within the security framework; what are the links between human security and environmental and social sustainability; and how the concept is linked to livelihood practices of the region’s indigenous peoples. In answering these questions, the book particularly touched upon several issues including indigenous identity, self-determination, and perspectives form, among others, gender and aging. The focus groups of the book are the Ainu, Inuit, Nenets, Sámi and the Mongolian indigenous peoples. The contributors include scholars from diverse multi-disciplinary fields of sciences having background in law, social and political sciences, international relations, anthropology, and gender and aging studies. They come from renowned academic institutions from Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Japan, Norway, Russia, and the U.K.
The volume is recommended for all scholars interested in the issues of indigenous peoples, cultural resilience, traditional livelihood practices, and anyone concerned with the specific human security challenges threatening Northern indigenous peoples.
More information about the book may be found from: http://www.brill.com/products/book/understanding-many-faces-human-security