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Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

Competing Arctic Futures

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Editors: Wormbs, Nina (Ed.)

  • Explores how narratives about the future of the Arctic have been produced historically up until the present day
  • Questions why some voices have been heard while others are marginalised, challenging the dominant narrative in media and policy discourse
  • Evaluates the actions of individuals and institutions, their political, economic, technological and ethical contexts, and the means through which they communicate their visions and politics
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This edited collection explores how narratives about the future of the Arctic have been produced historically up until the present day. The contemporary deterministic and monolithic narrative is shown to be only one of several possible ways forward. This book problematizes the dominant prediction that there will be increased shipping and resource extraction as the ice melts and shows how this seemingly inevitable future has consequences for the action that can be taken in the present. This collection looks to historical projections about the future of the Arctic, evaluating why some voices have been heard and championed, while others remain marginalised. It questions how these historical perspectives have shaped resource allocation and governance structures to understand the forces behind change in the Arctic region. Considering the history of individuals and institutions, their political and economic networks and their perceived power, the essays in this collection offer new perspectives on how the future of the Arctic has been produced and communicated.


About the authors

Nina Wormbs is Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. She has worked on media history and recently on environmental history and climate change. She co-edited, with Christensen and Nilsson, Media and the Politics of Arctic Climate Change and contributed to the edited collection The New Arctic.


Reviews

“Taking aim at historical exceptionalism and geographical determinism, this tightly argued volume contemplates Arctic futures and future Arctic(s). Stretching far and wide, high and low, they offer a set of theoretical approaches, ethical dispositions, historical methods for making sense of the human and non-human geographies and temporalities. Highly recommended.” (Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, and co-author of The Arctic: What Everyone Needs to Know, 2019)

 “This book is a provocative and rich contribution to the literature on the history and futures of the “many Arctics”, with a superb and timely challenge to the reductionist tendency in current debates. A stimulating mix of cases and regional accounts illuminate the complexity of competing and diverse futures, and are well placed within a framework of interconnected dimensions of voices, resources and governance.” (Joan Nymand Larsen, Stefansson Arctic Institute, Iceland)

“This inspiring volume offers fresh insights into how people project Arctic futures and the power relationships surrounding these predictions. This rich array of historical perspectives encourages us to interrogate common assumptions about the “inevitability” of the Arctic opening up to shipping and resource extraction in a linear, predictable manner in the twenty-first century.” (P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Study of the Canadian North, Trent University, Canada)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Back to the Futures of an Uncertain Arctic

    Wormbs, Nina

    Pages 1-18

  • Constructing Arctic Energy Resources: The Case of the Canadian North, 1921–1980

    Warde, Paul

    Pages 19-46

  • Extracting the Future in Svalbard

    Avango, Dag

    Pages 47-71

  • “Red Herring”: The Unpredictable Soviet Fish and Soviet Power in the 1930s

    Lajus, Julia

    Pages 73-94

  • A Reindeer Herding People? Political Visions of Sami Futures

    Lantto, Patrik

    Pages 95-116

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91617-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91616-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Competing Arctic Futures
Book Subtitle
Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Editors
  • Nina Wormbs
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91617-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91617-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91616-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 281
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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