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Stories of Change and Sustainability in the Arctic Regions
The Interdependence of Local and Global

ISBN 9780367632847
Published November 18, 2021 by Routledge
256 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book presents stories of sustainability from communities in circumpolar regions as they grapple with environmental, economic and societal changes and challenges.

Polar regions are changing rapidly. These changes will dramatically effect ecosystems, economy, people, communities and their interdependencies. Given this, the stories being told about lives and livelihood development are changing also. This book is the first of its kind to curate stories about opportunity and responsibility, tensions and contradictions, un/ethical action, resilience, adaptability and sustainability, all within the shifting geopolitics of the north. The book looks at change and sustainability through multidisciplinary and empirically based work, drawing on case studies from Norway, Sweden, Alaska, Canada, Finland and Northwest Russia, with a notable focus on indigenous peoples. Chapters touch on topics as wide ranging as reindeer herding, mental health, climate change, land-use conflicts and sustainable business. The volume asks whose voices are being heard, who benefits, how particular changes affect people’s sense of community and longstanding and cherished values plus livelihood practices and what are the environmental, economic and social impacts of contemporary and future oriented changes with regard to issues of sustainability?

This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of sustainability studies, sustainable development, environmental sociology, indigenous studies and environmental anthropology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Being in-between stories

Tony Ghaye, Rita Sørly, and Bård Kårtveit

1. Concerned Arctic peoples: Characteristics of conversations-that-matter

Tony Ghaye

2. Disappearing flexibility: The story of Gielas reindeer herding district

Jan Åge Riseth

3. Stories transmitted through art for the revitalization and decolonization of the Arctic

Timo Jokela and Maria Huhmarniemi

4. Mental health research in an Arctic Indigenous context: The presence of silent dominant narratives

Rita Sørly, Vår Mathisen and Vigdis Nygaard

5. Stories of empowerment, resilience and healing: A participatory research project with two Indigenous communities in Québec

Liliana Gomez Cardona, Kristyn Brown, Mary McComber, Echo Parent-Racine, and Outi Linnaranta

6. Learning through lived experiences: A structural narrative analysis of one person’s journey of recovery and implications for peer support services.

Rita Sørly, Tony Ghaye, and Wibecke Årst

7. The decline and changes in the tundra today: The nature of state systems and services as a critical factor in the condition of minority indigenous peoples in Russia

Zoia Vylka Ravna

8. Overcoming isolation in the Arctic during COVID-19 times through new ways of co-writing research

Rita Sørly, Bård Kårtveit, Vigdis Nygaard, Anne Katrine Normann, Ludmila Ivanova, Svetlana Britvina, and Larissa Riabova

9. Green colonialism: The story of wind power in Sápmi

Bård Kårtveit

10. Transforming Arctic municipalities: The winding road to low-emission communities

Nils Aarsæther and Hege Westskog

11. The quest for fresh vegetables: Stories about the future of Arctic farming

Doris Friedrich

12. Greening discourses of the Nordic Arctic region: The region as vulnerable, late bloomer or the arena of possibilities?

Trond Nilsen and Jukka Teräs

Reflections: What can we create together?

Tony Ghaye, Rita Sørly, and Bård Kårtveit


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Rita Sørly is an Associate Professor in Social Work at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE), Norway.

Tony Ghaye is a Professor at the Loughborough University in London, UK.

Bård Kårtveit is a Senior Researcher in the Department for Regional Development at the Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE), Norway.