Policy And Practice In Antarctica.

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This dissertation analyzes how Antarctic scientists and policy makers influence environmental management for the continent. In Antarctic society, scientific expertise and authority, as well as conceptions of the Antarctic place, must be constantly shaped through policy and practice. I conducted sixteen months of ethnographic fieldwork and interviews in Christchurch, New Zealand, a central site of Antarctic culture, at political and scientific meetings and workshops in New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, and India, ...
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This dissertation analyzes how Antarctic scientists and policy makers influence environmental management for the continent. In Antarctic society, scientific expertise and authority, as well as conceptions of the Antarctic place, must be constantly shaped through policy and practice. I conducted sixteen months of ethnographic fieldwork and interviews in Christchurch, New Zealand, a central site of Antarctic culture, at political and scientific meetings and workshops in New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, and India, and on a research expedition near Scott Base, Antarctica. I examined the lived intricacies of this international environmental space and people's relationship to Antarctic environmental management by mapping, examining, and traveling within the networks that scientists and other Antarctic community members form. Competing claims of nationalism, scientific disciplines, field experiences, and personal relationships in Antarctic environmental management disrupt the idea of a utopian epistemic community, so I focused on what emerges in Antarctica among the complicated and hybrid forms of science, sociality, politics, and national membership found there. This dissertation contains case studies that depict how knowledge based communities form and have effects in Antarctica. These case studies include: (1) a camping rule that rocks moved by people must be returned to their original location, (2) biosecurity regulations for Antarctic species and non-native species to Antarctica, (3) international negotiations over a special managed area, and (4) the contributions of Antarctic scientists, policy, and data to climate change mitigation. These formations and effects take work, not the least of which involves at least tentative agreements of the core ideas of expertise and communities. Antarctic people translate science through the policy system to make environmental management decisions through playful and serious arrangements of policy and practice, humans, and nonhuman entities. In particular, policy and practice in these Antarctic expert communities coalesce in the making of procedures, documents, and audiences. In the Antarctic-referring lives and work of human and nonhuman expert community members, this continent of peace, science, and other exceptionalisms is crafted as a technocratic wilderness.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243966551
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/10/2011
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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