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Science as national belonging: The construction of Svalbard as a Norwegian space
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: 0000-0002-0019-8251
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.
2016 (English)In: Social Studies of Science, ISSN 0306-3127, E-ISSN 1460-3659, Vol. 46, no 6, 894-911 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines how science has been employed to establish, maintain, and contest senses of belonging on Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago administered by Norway since 1925 under an international treaty. Our central argument is that the process of constructing Svalbard as a space belonging to Norway has long been intertwined with the processes of describing and representing the archipelago and that participating in those processes has also permitted other states to articulate their own narratives of belonging - on Svalbard in particular and in the Arctic more generally. We deploy the concept of belonging to capture a sense of legitimate presence and stakeholdership that we do not believe can be adequately captured by narrow concepts of sovereignty. Norway's historic and current use of science validates (and even naturalizes) its rule over Svalbard. At the same time, other states use science on Svalbard to articulate geopolitical scripts that portray them as stakeholders in an Arctic that is of transregional relevance due to the effects of climate change.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 46, no 6, 894-911 p.
Keyword [en]
science, geopolitics, Svalbard, belonging, Norway
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History
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187313DOI: 10.1177/0306312716639153ISI: 000391553800006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85007488690OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-187313DiVA: diva2:929697
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
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QC 20170209

Available from: 2016-05-19 Created: 2016-05-19 Last updated: 2017-02-13Bibliographically approved

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