Arctic Geopolitics, Media and Power provides a fresh way of looking at the potential and limitations of regional international governance in the Arctic region.
Far-reaching impacts of climate change, its wealth of resources and potential for new commercial activities have placed the Arctic region into political limelight. Based on analyses of how actors from within and outside the Arctic region assert their interests and how such discourses travel in the media, this book scrutinizes the social and material contexts within which new imaginaries, spatial constructs and scalar preferences emerge. It places ground-breaking attention to shifting media landscapes as a critical component of the social, environmental and technological change. It also reflects on the fundamental dilemmas inherent in democratic decision-making at a time when an urgent need for addressing climate change is challenged by conflicting interests and growing geopolitical tensions.
This book will be of great interest to geography academics, media and communication studies and students focusing on policy, climate change and geopolitics, as well as policy-makers and NGOs working within the environmental sector.
'This book is a must read for all interested in the development of the Arctic. Investigating international media and how they frame the understanding of a region that few people have first hand experience of, the analysis adds an often overlooked dimension to the discussion. The Arctic has caught the media's attention as a global narrative, focused on climate change, the 'race for resources' and security, making it difficult for local perspectives that do not fit with preconceived ideas of the region and indigenous peoples to make themselves heard. The book makes its readers aware how this affects the possibility to actually understand the Arctic, which is not first and foremost a region, but a lot of very different localities with each their history and visions for the future.' — Professor Kirsten Thisted, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
1. The regional? Mediation, scale, and power 2. Media narratives–media cartographies 3. A circumpolar narrative takes shape 4. Reconstruction and consolidation 5. A post-petroleum region? 6. Arctic geopolitics in times of transformation