The Will to Drill - Mining in Arctic Communites

  • Brigt Dale
  • Ingrid Bay-Larsen
  • Berit Skorstad

Part of the Springer Polar Sciences book series (SPPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ingrid Bay-Larsen, Berit Skorstad, Brigt Dale
    Pages 1-11
  3. Arild Gjertsen, Vladimir Didyk, Rasmus Ole Rasmussen, Galina Kharitonova, Ludmila Ivanova
    Pages 33-59
  4. Vladimir Didyk, Ingrid Bay-Larsen, Håkan Sandersen, Ludmila Ivanova, Ludmila Isaeva, Galina Kharitonova
    Pages 103-125
  5. Brigt Dale, Ingrid Bay-Larsen, Berit Skorstad
    Pages 213-228

About this book


This book focuses on the connections between mining activities, knowledge politics and the valuation of landscape in selected case sites in Russia, Greenland and Norway, whilst considering the interrelated aspects of industrialized, natural resource based development and environmental concerns in the Arctic. The case studies in these three different countries reveals that there are indeed multiple ‘Arctics’ – not least concerning the way extractive industries are received and perceived – and that national legislation, public awareness and economic alternatives are amongst the variables that influence to what extent environmental ramifications of mining are accepted.

Through analysis of political discourses, legal documents, grey literature, discussions in local and national media and empirical material from in-site fieldwork, the authors seek to understand how debates about mining reveal more general conflicts and concerns about how to define sustainability.

The book contributes to the overall debates on both extractive industries and development trends in the Arctic, and will as such be of interest for both established scholars and students – as well as policy makers and the public.

The compilation of cases and variety of analytical perspectives will further stimulate the ongoing debates concerning the impacts of extractive industries on communities – both in the Arctic and beyond.


arctic mining arctic political views landscape valuation mineral mining sacrifice zones socio-economic systems sustainable landscapes sustainable mining

Editors and affiliations

  • Brigt Dale
    • 1
  • Ingrid Bay-Larsen
    • 2
  • Berit Skorstad
    • 3
  1. 1.Nordland Research InstituteBodøNorway
  2. 2.Nordland Research InstituteBodøNorway
  3. 3.Faculty of Social ScienceNord UniversityBodøNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-62608-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-62610-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2510-0475
  • Series Online ISSN 2510-0483
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