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The Politics of Arctic Sovereignty

Oil, Ice, and Inuit Governance, 1st Edition

By Jessica M. Shadian


272 pages

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Interest in Arctic politics is on the rise. While recent accounts of the topic place much emphasis on climate change or a new geopolitics of the region, the history of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and Arctic politics reaches back much further in time.

Drawing out the complex relationship between domestic, Arctic, international and transnational Inuit politics, this book is the first in-depth account of the political history of the ICC. It recognises the politics of Inuit and the Arctic as longstanding and intricate elements of international relations. Beginning with European exploration of the region and concluding with recent debates over ownership of the Arctic, the book unfolds the history of a polity that has overcome colonization and attempted assimilation to emerge as a political actor which has influenced both Artic and global governance.

This book will be of strong interest to students and scholars of Arctic politics, indigenous affairs, IR theory and environmental politics.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements List of acronyms Introduction: who are the Arctic’s Inuit? 1 Sovereignty historicized Part I Constructing Westphalia 2 Discovery 3 Constructing an indigenous Inuit Part II Expanding the boundaries of Westphalia 4 Building blocks: domestic Inuit governance 5 Oil and circumpolar Inuit politics 6 Building an Arctic regime 7 Indigenous internationalism: expanding the boundaries of international law 8 Turning theory into practice Part III Governance beyond Westphalia 9 Arctic governance in a post-August 2007 world 10 Governance beyond Westphalia: the ICC, oil, and Arctic sovereignty References Index

About the Author

Jessica M. Shadian is a Associated Researcher with the Anthropology Research Team at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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