Arctic Modernities: The Environmental, the Exotic and the Everyday

Title: Arctic Modernities: The Environmental, the Exotic and the Everyday

Editors: Heidi Hansson and Anka Ryall

Contributors: Susi K. Frank, Sigfrid Kjeldaas, Fredrik Chr. Brögger, Renee Hulan, Henning Howlid Waerp, Ulrike Spring, Jan Borm, Roswitha Skare, Adriana Craciun, Audun J. Mörch, Anka Ryall, Elin Haugdal, Cathrine Bjerknes and Kirsten Thisted

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Date of publication: 2017-11-01  

ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0290-1                                                        


Format: 362pp

Less tangible than melting polar glaciers or the changing social conditions in northern societies, the modern Arctic represented in writings, visual images and films has to a large extent been neglected in scholarship and policy-making. But the modern Arctic is a not only a natural environment dramatically impacted by human activities. It is also an incongruous amalgamation of exoticized indigenous tradition and a mundane everyday. In this book the modern Arctic is examined from all these perspectives, to demonstrate how the processes of modernization have changed the discursive signification of the Arctic.

Sometimes the Arctic is seen as synonymous with modernity itself. Sometimes it appears as a utopian space signalling a different future. Yet it still often represents the continued survival within modernity of the past as nostalgia, longing, dream and myth.

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Sidansvarig: Gabriella Nordin