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Extracting the future in Svalbard
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6461-7734
2018 (English)In: Competing Arctic Futures: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives / [ed] Nina Wormbs, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 47-71Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Minerals are not resources in and of themselves, they are constructed as such through processes involving narratives about the future, produced by actors who wish to realize them. This book chapter analyzes how actors within industry successfully constructed the archipelago of Svalbard as a place for resource extraction at the turn of the century 1900. They made use of favorable historical contexts and enrolled investors and political supporters by rosy future visions about market opportunities and serving national interests. In 2018 most of these mines are abandoned, providing a fruitful point of departure for critically evaluating future visions of the Arctic as an arena for resource extraction and to consider the sustainability of communities built around resource extraction there.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. p. 47-71
Keywords [en]
Arctic, Natural resources, Mining, Geopolitics, Futures
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History and Archaeology
Research subject
History of Science, Technology and Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-239893ISBN: 978-3-319-91617-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-239893DiVA, id: diva2:1268085
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Assessing Arctic Futures
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
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QC 20181205

Available from: 2018-12-04 Created: 2018-12-04 Last updated: 2018-12-05Bibliographically approved

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