Names and Nunavut : culture and identity in Arctic Canada

by Valerie Alia


Alia’s book focuses on the Inuit communities of Canada. However, she also briefly discusses names in association with Jews, Mongolians and Kurds among others. The conclusion of her books specifically deals with the politics of naming. She discusses the role of names in discrimination and colonization and gives broad analysis of name identities that can be applied in a variety of contexts. For example, she writes that “name changes can serve as indicators of broader social change, as devices for explaining or clarifying patterns of domination and subjugation, and, perhaps, as early-warning signals of potential danger.” (135)

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