Encountering the North: Cultural Geography, International Relations and Northern Landscapes

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This volume is concerned with the European north above the Arctic Circle and its representations in Cultural Geography and International Relations. The chapters in the book deal with cultural, geographical and political imaginations of northern peoples and landscapes. Emphasis is placed on the triangle of and interrelationship between culture, geography and politics.

The historical and contemporary variations of meaning assigned to the north point to real processes which need to be studied in their own right. To achieve this aim, the book does not plainly specify the sites and levels of discourses (be they academic, political or popular), but it does take into account the material circumstances making the context of the European north.

Illustrated by a coherent set of specially written case studies, the volume explores issues such as history, literature, gender, folk culture, pictorial representations, environment and climate change and links these issues with the (geo-)politics of the region.

Contents: The discursive landscapes of the European north, Frank Möller and Samu Pehkonen
Mnemonic north: multilayered geographies of the Barents region, Ari Aukusti Lehtinen
Shades of white: an essay on a political iconography of the north, Frank Möller
Two Skolt geographies of Petsamo during the 1920s and 1930s, Paulo Susiluoto
Rosa Liksom's literary north: traditional confrontations or new discursive practices?, Juha Ridanpää
Explorers in the Arctic: doing feminine nature in a masculine way, Hanna-Mari Ikonen and Samu Pehkonen
The thing as an incarnation of Nordic political culture and its roots, Ulrich Albrecht
The northern antipode to European integration, or why everybody expects northern Norwegians to be sceptical of European integration, Jochen Hille
Spaces of change frozen in time: global climate change in the Arctic, Monica Tennberg
Competing industries and contested nature in Finnish Lapland after World War II, Leena Suopajärvi
Can Europe be told from the north? Tapping into the EU's northern dimension, Pertti Joenniemi

About the Author:
: About the Editors: Frank Möller and Samu Pehkonen are both Research Fellows at Tampere Peace Research Institute, University of Tampere, Finland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754630227
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Marginal Regions Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures and Maps
List of Contributors
1 Discursive Landscapes of the European North 1
2 Mnemonic North: Multilayered Geographies of the Barents Region 31
3 Shades of White: An Essay on a Political Iconography of the North 57
4 Two Skolt Geographies of Petsamo during the 1920s and 1930s 75
5 Rosa Liksom's Literary North: Traditional Confrontations or New Discursive Practices? 103
6 Explorers in the Arctic: Doing Feminine Nature in a Masculine Way 127
7 The Thing as an Incarnation of Nordic Political Culture and Its Roots 153
8 The Northern Antipode to European Integration, or Why Everybody Expects Northern Norwegians to Be Sceptical of European Integration 165
9 Spaces of Change Frozen in Time: Global Climate Change in the Arctic 187
10 Competing Industries and Contested Nature in Finnish Lapland after World War II 203
11 Can Europe Be Told from the North? Tapping into the EU's Northern Dimension 221
Bibliography 261
Index 287
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