1st Edition

Media, Security and Sovereignty in the Canadian Arctic From the Manhattan to the Crystal Serenity

By Mathieu Landriault Copyright 2020
    144 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    144 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book documents how the Arctic region has been represented in the media: exploring how the media has framed the Arctic and whether this has an impact on governmental decision-making and public preferences.

    The Arctic region faces profound transformations, due to global warming, spurring intense debates about economic growth, environmental protection, and socio-cultural development. At the same time, most of humanity will never come face-to-face with the realities of the region: the media represents our only opportunity to learn about what this evolving region stands for. Recognizing that media coverage will tend to focus on specific events and relay specific messages, this book scrutinizes the nature of these messages to figure out how the Arctic region is presented by different media outlets. Studying different types of media, Landriault conducts an analysis of 628 newspaper articles, 110 televised reports, 9 magazine articles, and 404 tweets to provide the first systematic and rigorous study of Arctic media representations.

    This book will interest scholars, practitioners, and students in Arctic studies, critical geography, political science, and communication studies.

    Introduction - Media, Security and Sovereignty in the Canadian Arctic

    Chapter 1 – The Canadian Media and Arctic sovereignty crises

    Chapter 2 – Time to ring the alarm bell?

    Chapter 3 – Touring a (melting) ice pack

    Chapter 4 – 2010-2015: Arctic governance in a new era

    Chapter 5 – Social Media, Arctic Tourism and the Crystal Serenity

    Conclusion – The Arctic and the Canadian media


    Mathieu Landriault (PhD, 2013, University of Ottawa) is the director of the Observatoire de la Politique et la Sécurité de l'Arctique (OPSA), based in Montreal. He currently teaches at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa as well as at the School of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University. He is also an associate researcher at the Center for Interuniversity Research on the International Relations of Canada and Quebec (CIRRICQ). He is researching Arctic security, sovereignty, and governance issues in the circumpolar region in general and the Canadian Arctic in particular, as well as Arctic paradiplomacy.