Book chapters: The Politics of Arctic Resources

Book chapters: The Politics of Arctic Resources

The Arctic has often been seen as a natural area, or even a “wilderness”, where mainly indigenous and subsistence activities have been prominent. Contrary to this, the present volume highlights the very long historical development of resource use systems in northern Europe, across multiple actors and multiple levels, and including varying population groups.

The book takes a past-present-future perspective that illustrates the paths to institutional emergence, change or persistence over time. It also illustrates how institutions may themselves drive changes, through a focus on resource use cases in northern Europe. This volume demonstrates that understanding “northern” issues is less about understanding sets of geophysical, climatological or environmental conditions than about understanding social and institutional structures. Understanding these trajectories into the future is seen as a key way of understanding what responses to future change may be likely and what the institutions are that will shape, limit or enable our responses to climate change.

This book will be of great use to scholars and graduates in the fields of Arctic and northern-region politics, and to researchers of resource use and climate change with a focus on vulnerability, social vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation.

Featuring REXSAC authors:

Sörlin, Sverker: Chapter 1: Introduction. Understanding historical contingencies into the future: cases from northern Europe

Avango, Dag, Roberts, Peder: Chapter 5:  Constructing northern Fennoscandia as a mining region. Chapter 3: State and Resources in the North: From territorial assertion to the ‘smorgasbord state’

Röver, Corinna: Chapter 7: Ethnic identity and resource rights in Sweden

Nilsson, Annika E: Chapter 12: Regional futures nested in global structures.

The Politics of Arctic Resources: Change and Continuity in the “Old North” of Northern Europe, 1st Edition2019.