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Changes in the Attribution of Values to Northern and Arctic Spaces

Forskningsöversiktsartikel
Författare Aant Elzinga
Publicerad i Journal of Northern Studies
Volym 9
Nummer/häfte 1
Sidor 99-154
ISSN 1654-5915
Publiceringsår 2015
Publicerad vid Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori
Sidor 99-154
Språk en
Ämnesord Arctic humanities, polar research, geopolitics, history of
Ämneskategorier Annan humaniora

Sammanfattning

Global climate change and in particular the retreat of sea-ice in the Arctic is focusing attention on the High North and its polar environs. Issues of resource exploitation, ownership of land and sea passages as well as concern about protecting the environment and aesthetic wilderness values have become topics of debate, revealing the conflicting values that are attributed to Arctic spaces. In this connection one can also see a growing literature wherein changes in such values, both in the past and the present are traced and discussed. This review takes up five books that deal with these issues. Some provide historical accounts of polar exploration and science, of Arctic nation-building, the northern environment and the roles of indigenous peoples for whom the circumpolar world provides both habitat and livelihood. One book focuses on changing perceptions and imagery as reflected in contemporary media reportage. There are also travelogues written by a journalist and accounts by scholars in the social sciences and humanities who give thought to ongoing political trends and the struggle over potential riches as well as the question of who stands to benefit and who may lose out. The volumes reviewed represent samplings from many overlapping fields, including literature studies, history, political journalism, the writings of political scientists and experts in military-strategic studies, media studies, history and politics of the environment and climatology, and the history and social studies of science and technology.

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