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Studies in the Circumpolar North
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Arctic Abstractive Industry
Assembling the Valuable and Vulnerable North
Edited by Arthur Mason
Afterword by Michael J. Watts
192 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-468-5 $120.00/£89.00 / Hb / Published (April 2022)
eISBN 978-1-80073-469-2 eBook
“This book is timely in bringing together scholars working on extractive industries and related themes in the Arctic, including fisheries, fossil fuels, and minerals development, climate change and the like in the US, Canada, Russia, and Greenland.” • Thomas F. Thornton, University of Alaska Southeast
Through diverse engagements with natural resource extraction and ecological vulnerability in the contemporary Arctic, contributors to this volume apprehend Arctic resource regimes through the concept of abstraction. Abstraction refers to the creation of new material substances and cultural values by detaching parts from existing substances and values. The abstractive process differs from the activity of extractive industries by its focus on the conceptual resources that conceal processes of exploitation associated with extraction. The study of abstraction can thus help us attune to the formal operations that make appropriations of value possible while disclosing the politics of extraction and of its representation.
Arthur Mason is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His previous edited volume is Subterranean Estates: Life Worlds of Oil and Gas, with co-editors Hannah Appel and Michael Watts (Cornell, 2015).
Subject: Anthropology (General) Environmental Studies (General) Development Studies
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