Academic journal article Geography

The Scramble for the Poles

Academic journal article Geography

The Scramble for the Poles

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The Scramble for the Poles Klaus Dodds and Mark Nuttall Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016 212pp, 15x23cm, Pb: £17.99 ISBN 978-0-7456-52450

In the face of the notable effects of climate change on polar environments, the somewhat theatrical notion of a nineteenth-century-style scramble often dominates popular discourse on polar geopolitics. Grounded in contemporary geographical thought, this book offers a timely discussion aimed at adding muchneeded nuance to the hyperbolic narratives of scrambles for territory, resources and influence in the Polar regions.

Pointing to the perils of uncritically adopting 'the scramble' as a framing device, Dodds and Nuttall illustrate how such narratives are rooted in a series of geographical assumptions and designations. Emphasising the creative manner in which the Polar regions are understood, they explain how scramble narratives not only describe, but also constitute their referent object. …

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