Cultural Studies: Book Series

Arctic Worlds

Communities, Political Ecology and Ways of Knowing

Series Editors:

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: Katherine.Ong@tandf.co.uk

For guidance on how to structure your proposal, please visit: www.routledge.com/info/authors.

Editorial Advisory Board:

Dmitry Arzyutov, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology, Russia

Hiroki Takakura, Tohoku University, Japan

Per Axelsson, Umeå University, Sweden

  • Reading Life with Gwich'in

    An Educational Approach, 1st Edition

    By Jan Peter Laurens Loovers

    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…

    Hardback – 2019-09-30 
    Routledge
    Arctic Worlds

  • Dogs in the North

    Stories of Cooperation and Co-Domestication, 1st Edition

    Edited by Robert J. Losey, Robert P. Wishart, Jan Peter Laurens Loovers

    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,…

    Hardback – 2018-06-18
    Routledge
    Arctic Worlds

  • Negotiating Personal Autonomy

    Communication and Personhood in East Greenland, 1st Edition

    By Sophie Elixhauser

    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…

    Hardback – 2018-03-14
    Routledge
    Arctic Worlds