Fossbakk is currently writing his Ph.D thesis with the working title Negotiating space: an anthropological study of juridification and territoriality in Finnmark. The case of the implementation of the Finnmark Act”. Based on the ILO 169, the Finnmark Act has two distinct aims: to formally acknowledge Finnmark as a territory owned by the population of Finnmark, and, on an individual and collective basis, to identify and recogniz
e informal existing rights based on long time usage. The latter process reveals that in absence of formal private property, there is no culture of entitlement. Juridification, seen as a process whereby law to a larger degree is expected to regulate the relations between people, unclear as it is perceived, leave people in a position not knowing what to expect. Thus, the expectations and conflict following the implementation of the Finnmark Act can be viewed as negotiations of space whereby processes of territoriality, the active defence of areas, occur.
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