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Arctic Worlds: Communities, Political Ecology and Ways of Knowing

About the Series

This series aims to integrate research from across the circumpolar Arctic from across the humanities, social sciences, and history of science. This region – once exotised as a remote and unknown "blank spot"– is now acknowledged to be the homeland of a variety of indigenous nations, many of whom have won or are seeking home rule. 

The Arctic was the central axis of frozen confrontation during the Cold War. At the start of the 21st century it is a resource hinterland offering supplies of petroleum and minerals for aggressively new markets with great cost and risk to the environment. 

The indigenous nations of the region are unique for their "ways of knowing" which approach animals and landscape as alive, sentient entities. Many share cultural commonalities across the Arctic Ocean, sketching out a human community that unites disparate continents.

This series will take history seriously by bringing together archaeological work on ancient Arctic societies with ethnohistorical studies of the alternate idioms by which time and meaning are understood by circumpolar peoples, as well as science and technology studies of how the region is perceived by various scientific communities.

Submitting a proposal

The series welcomes proposals for both (co)authored and (co)edited books on these topics. Book proposals should be sent to the Routledge editor: [email protected]

For guidance on how to structure your proposal, please visit:

Editorial Advisory Board:

Dmitry Arzyutov, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology, Russia
Hiroki Takakura, Tohoku University, Japan
Per Axelsson, Umeå University, Sweden


4 Series Titles

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Reading Life with Gwich'in An Educational Approach

Reading Life with Gwich'in: An Educational Approach

1st Edition

By Jan Peter Laurens Loovers
December 09, 2019

This book is based upon more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork and personal experiences with the Teetł’it Gwich’in community in northern Canada. The author provides insight into Gwich’in understandings of life as well as into historical and political processes that have taken place in the ...

Extracting Home in the Oil Sands Settler Colonialism and Environmental Change in Subarctic Canada

Extracting Home in the Oil Sands: Settler Colonialism and Environmental Change in Subarctic Canada

1st Edition

Edited By Clinton N. Westman, Tara L. Joly, Lena Gross
December 09, 2019

The Canadian oil sands are one of the world’s most important energy sources and the subject of global attention in relation to climate change and pollution. This volume engages ethnographically with key issues concerning the oil sands by working from anthropological literature and beyond to explore...

Dogs in the North Stories of Cooperation and Co-Domestication

Dogs in the North: Stories of Cooperation and Co-Domestication

1st Edition

Edited By Robert J. Losey, Robert P. Wishart, Jan Peter Laurens Loovers
June 18, 2018

Dogs in the North offers an interdisciplinary in-depth consideration of the multiple roles that dogs have played in the North. Spanning the deep history of humans and dogs in the North, the volume examines a variety of contexts in North America and Eurasia. The case studies build on archaeological,...

Negotiating Personal Autonomy Communication and Personhood in East Greenland

Negotiating Personal Autonomy: Communication and Personhood in East Greenland

1st Edition

By Sophie Elixhauser
March 14, 2018

Negotiating Personal Autonomy offers a detailed ethnographic examination of personal autonomy and social life in East Greenland.Examining verbal and non-verbal communication in interpersonal encounters, Elixhauser argues that social life in the region is characterized by relationships based upon a ...

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