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December 2022
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For decades, a post-Cold War narrative heralded a 'new Arctic', with melting ice and snow and accessible resources that would build sustainable communities. Today, large parts of the Arctic are still trapped in the path dependencies of past resource extraction. At the same time, the impetus for green transitions and a 'new industrialism' spell opportunities to shift the development model and build new futures for Arctic residents and Indigenous peoples. This book examines the growing Arctic resource dilemma. It explores the 'new extractivist paradigm' that posits transitioning the region's long-standing role of delivering minerals, fossil energy, and marine resources to one providing rare earth elements, renewable power, wilderness tourism, and scientific knowledge about climate change. With chapters from a global, interdisciplinary team of researchers, new opportunities and their implications for Arctic communities and landscapes are discussed, alongside the pressures and uncertainties in a region under geopolitical and environmental stress.

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  • Resource Extraction and Arctic Communities
    pp i-ii
  • Resource Extraction and Arctic Communities - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • The New Extractivist Paradigm
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Figures
    pp vii-viii
  • Notes on Contributors
    pp ix-xvi
  • Preface
    pp xvii-xix
  • Acknowledgments
    pp xx-xxii
  • Introduction
    pp 1-32
  • 1 - The Extractivist Paradigm
    pp 3-32
  • Arctic Resources and the Planetary Mine
  • I - Extractivism
    pp 33-86
  • II - Impact
    pp 87-142
  • 4 - Scenarios and Surprises
    pp 89-108
  • When Change Is the Only Given1
  • III - Affect
    pp 143-182
  • IV - Community
    pp 183-248
  • 9 - Remediating Mining Landscapes
    pp 185-205
  • V - Coda
    pp 249-273
  • 12 - Beyond Mining
    pp 251-264
  • Repair and Reconciliation
  • 13 - Postscript
    pp 265-273
  • Extractivism after the “New Arctic”
  • Index
    pp 274-284


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