Materializing Greenland within a Critical Arctic Geopolitics

Klaus-John Dodds, Mark Nuttall

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This chapter is a material, volumetric and discursive intervention into, onto and
across Greenland including its ice mass and surrounding seas. It is not a frictionfree
encounter, but one where the “geo” in geopolitics is scrutinised. Our advocacy
of a critical Arctic geopolitics is one rooted in materiality where the Arctic is not
simply a backdrop to human events. Rather we advance an interest in how the
materiality of the waters, ice, snow, rock, wind and air of the Arctic becomes
available for further geopolitical manifestations. As Elizabeth Grosz (2008) has
written on the subject of geopower, the Arctic might be conceived as something
that also challenges and even subverts the geopolitical, cartographic and scientific.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreenland and the International Politics of a Changing Arctic
Subtitle of host publicationPostcolonial Paradiplomacy between High and Low Politics
EditorsKristian Søby Kristensen, Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)1138061093
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Sept 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in the Polar Regions


  • Geopolitics
  • Materiality
  • Greenland
  • Ice
  • Security

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