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Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica

Edited by Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, Alan D. Hemmings, Adjunct Associate Professor, Gateway Antarctica Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research, University of Canterbury, New Zealand and Peder Roberts, Researcher, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
The Antarctic and Southern Ocean are hotspots for contemporary endeavours to oversee 'the last frontier' of the Earth. The Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica offers a wide-ranging and comprehensive overview of the governance, geopolitics, international law, cultural studies and history of the region. Four thematic sections take readers from the earliest human encounters to contemporary resource exploitation and climate change. Written by leading experts, the Handbook brings together the very best interdisciplinary social science and humanities scholarship on the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.
Extent: 640 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78471 767 4
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The Antarctic and Southern Ocean are hotspots for contemporary endeavours to oversee 'the last frontier' of the Earth. The Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica offers a wide-ranging and comprehensive overview of the governance, geopolitics, international law, cultural studies and history of the region. Written by leading experts, the Handbook brings together the very best interdisciplinary social science and humanities scholarship on the Antarctic and Southern Ocean, offering a definitive statement on why the world’s only uninhabited continent attracts global attention in terms of science, politics and natural resources – and what can be done to manage it.

Four sections take readers from the earliest human encounters to contemporary resource exploitation and climate change through thematic and critical analyses: the exploration, exploitation and mapping of Antarctica; its emergence as an object of global interest; human behaviour and environmental change in response to managerial interventions; and a contemplation of possible futures for Antarctica. All topics are covered in accessible yet authoritative contributions.

Specialist readers in polar regions, public international law, geography, geopolitics and international relations will appreciate this uniquely comprehensive and up-to-date examination of politics in and around Antarctica, as will scholars with interest in areas beyond national jurisdiction, peace/co-operation studies and the interface between public policy and science.
‘Antarctica is known as a continent for science, yet to understand this vast polar region requires an understanding of its politics as much as it does knowledge of the dynamics of its ice shelves, its sub-glacial lakes, its oceanography, and its role in the global climate system. This comprehensive, superbly-edited volume of well-crafted essays provides up-to-date coverage on a range of contemporary issues, including governance, regulation, international law, tourism, images, and representations. This is essential reading for anyone concerned with the politics of and about Antarctica and its global relevance.’
– Mark Nuttall, University of Alberta, Canada

‘Quite breathtaking in its coverage, this brilliantly conceived and meticulously edited Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica is the most competent collection of contributions by leading experts to be published to date. An innovative, interdisciplinary conceptualization of Antarctica, offering theoretically informed analysis of various facets of Antarctic governance and geopolitics, further enhance the universal appeal of this extraordinary effort and virtually guarantee its presence on the bookshelves of libraries.’
– Sanjay Chaturvedi, Panjab University, India
Contributors: A.E. Abdenur, D.G. Ainley, A. Antonello, D. Avango, P.J. Beck, M.C. Benwell, L.E. Bloom, A.-M. Brady, C. Braun, N. Brazelli, C.M. Brooks, I.J. Cardone, S.L. Chown, C. Collis, R. Davis, K. Dodds, A. Elzinga, F. Francioni, M. Haward, A.D. Hemmings, F. Hertel, A. Howkins, J. Jabour, S. Kaye, R.D. Launius, E. Leane, D. Liggett, H. Nielsen, E. Nyman, O. Olsson, H. Österblom, H.-U. Peter, P. Roberts, R. Roura, J.F. Salazar, D. Sampaio, S.V. Scott, T. Stephens, E. Stewart, L.-M. van der Watt, N. Vanstappen, P. Vigni, R. Wolfrum, J. Wouters, O.R. Young















Contents :

1. Introduction
Alan D. Hemmings, Klaus Dodds and Peder Roberts

PART I: CONCEPTUALIZING ANTARCTICA
2. Fictionalizing Antarctica
Elizabeth Leane

3. Three Waves of Antarctic Imperialism
Shirley V. Scott

4. Post-colonial Antarctica
Klaus Dodds and Christy Collis

5. Heroic and Post-colonial Antarctic Narratives
Nicoletta Brazzelli

6. Antarctica: Feminist Art Practices and Disappearing Polar Landscapes in the Age of the Anthropocene
Lisa E. Bloom

7. The Continent for Science
Aant Elzinga

8. Mediating Antarctica in Digital Culture: Politics of Representation and Visualisation in Art and Science
Juan Francisco Salazar

9. Common Interest and Common Heritage in Antarctica
Rüdiger Wolfrum

10. Modern Explorers
Peder Roberts

11. Life, Ice and Ocean: Contemporary Antarctic Spaces
Alessandro Antonello

12. Selling the South: Commercialisation and Marketing of Antarctica
Hanne Nielsen

13. Antarctic Geopolitics
Klaus Dodds

PART II: ACTING IN AND BEYOND ANTARCTICA
14. Establishing Open Rights in the Antarctic and Outer Space: Cold War Rivalries and Geopolitics in the 1950s and 1960s
Roger D. Launius

15. The Originals: The Role and Influence of the Original Signatories to the Antarctic Treaty
Marcus Haward

16. Territorial Claims and Coastal States
Patrizia Vigni and Francesco Francioni

17. Antarctica and the United Nations
Peter J. Beck

18. The EU and the Antarctic: Strange Bedfellows?
Nils Vanstappen and Jan Wouters

19. The Past in the Present: Antarctica in China’s National Narrative
Anne-Marie Brady

20. A Modest but Intensifying Power? Brazil, the Antarctic Treaty System and Antarctica
Daniela Sampaio, Ignacio Javier Cardone and Adriana Erthal Abdenur

21. The Politics of Early Explorers
Peder Roberts

PART III: REGULATING ANTARCTICA
22. Politics and Environmental Regulation in Antarctica: a Historical Perspective
Adrian Howkins

23. Environmental Management: the Fildes Peninsula Paradigm
Christina Braun, Fritz Hertel and Hans-Ulrich Peter

24. The Changing Face of Political Engagement in Antarctic Tourism
Daniela Liggett and Emma Stewart

25. Southern Ocean Search and Rescue: Politics and Platforms
Julia Jabour

26. CCAMLR: An Ecosystem Approach to the Southern Ocean in the Anthropocene
Henrik Österblom and Olof Olsson

27. Fishing the Bottom of the Earth: The Political Challenges of Ecosystem-base Management
Cassandra M. Brooks and David G. Ainley

28. An Icy Reception or a Warm Embrace? the Antarctic Treaty System and the International Law of the Sea
Tim Stephens

29. Svalbard and Antarctica: Problems and Solutions
Stuart Kaye

30. Antarctic Cultural Heritage: Geopolitics and Management
Ricardo Roura

31. Working Geopolitics: Sealing, Whaling, and Industrialized Antarctica
Dag Avango

PART IV: FUTURES IN ANTARCTICA
32. Antarctic Politics in a Transforming Global Geopolitics
Alan D. Hemmings

33. Antarctic Environmental Challenges in a Global Context
Steven L. Chown

34. Argentine Territorial Nationalism in the South Atlantic and Antarctica
Matthew C. Benwell

35. Global Legal Norms in the Antarctic
Ruth Davis

36. Contemporary Security Concerns
Elizabeth Nyman

37. Contemporary Environmental Politics and Discourse Analysis in Antarctica
Lize-Marié van der Watt

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