The Politics of Sustainability in the Arctic argues that sustainability is a political concept because it defines and shapes competing visions of the future. In current Arctic affairs, prominent stakeholders agree that development needs to be sustainable, but there is no agreement over what it is that needs to be sustained. In original conservationist discourse, the environment was the sole referent object of sustainability; however, as sustainability discourses have expanded, the concept has been linked to an increasing number of referent objects, such as society, economy, culture, and identity.
This book sets out a theoretical framework for understanding and analysing sustainability as a political concept, and provides a comprehensive empirical investigation of Arctic sustainability discourses. Presenting a range of case studies from Greenland, Norway, Canada, Russia, Iceland, and Alaska, the chapters in this volume analyse the concept of sustainability and how actors are employing and contesting this concept in specific regions within the Arctic. In doing so, the book demonstrates how sustainability is being given new meanings in the postcolonial Arctic and what the political implications are for postcoloniality, nature, and development more broadly.
Beyond those interested in the Arctic, this book will also be of great value to students and scholars of sustainability, sustainable development, and identity and environmental politics.
Jeppe Strandsbjerg is Editor-in-Chief for Social Science at Djof Publishing. Previously, he was Associate Professor at the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Ulrik Pram Gad is Associate Professor of Arctic Culture and Politics at Aalborg University, Denmark
Release date Australia
October 22nd, 2018
Edited by Jeppe Strandsbjerg
Edited by Ulrik Pram Gad
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1 Line drawings, black and white; 5 Halftones, black and white; 1 Tables, black and white; 6 Illustrations, black and white