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Climate, Society and Subsurface Politics in Greenland
Under the Great Ice

ISBN 9781138820517
Published May 17, 2017 by Routledge
242 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Once imagined as a place on the very edge of the world, Greenland is now viewed as being at the epicentre of climate change. At the same time, international attention is focused on opportunities for oil and mineral development, seemingly made possible as the inland ice melts and sea ice disappears, revealing geological riches and making access to remote areas easier.

In this book, Mark Nuttall takes the reader on a journey through landscapes, seascapes and icescapes of memory, movement and anticipation. Unravelling the entanglements of climate change, indigenous sovereignty and the politics surrounding non-renewable resource extraction, he describes how the country is on the verge of major environmental, political and social transformations as it aspires to greater autonomy and possible independence from Denmark. At the heart of this is discussion about how resources and the environment are given meaning and how they have become subject to intense political and ideological struggle.

Climate, Society and Subsurface Politics in Greenland: Under the Great Ice is a key resource for academics, practitioners and students of anthropology, geography, development studies, political ecology and polar studies.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Making Resource Spaces

Chapter 2: Under the Great Ice

Chapter 3: Living in a World of Becoming

Chapter 4: Shifting Worlds and Changing Livelihoods

Chapter 5: An Exceptional Place

Chapter 6: Uncertain Weather and the Last Areas of Ice

Chapter 7: Seismic Lines in the Water


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Mark Nuttall is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. He also holds a visiting position as Professor of Climate and Society at the Greenland Climate Research Centre/Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland, where he leads the Climate and Society Research Group.