Coping with Distances: Producing Nordic Atlantic Societies

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Berghahn Books, 2007 - History - 294 pages

The Nordic Atlantic area has seen remarkable examples of social formations in areas that many would perceive as too remote to allow the construction of functioning communities. But through innovations, networking and the formation of identities people have coped with distances, thus continuously rebuilding societies in Northern Norway, Iceland, the Faroes, and Greenland. Living conditions in the Nordic Atlantic are so extreme that one might ask whether the notion of society is applicable under these circumstances. The author argues that, yes, there is a meaningful way of comprehending these social formations, which is through the spatial and temporal practices that produce, reproduce, stabilize, destabilize and change them. He introduces the concept of coping, which means neither mastering nor adapting but relates to in-between strategies and tactics reflected in practices of securing people's way of life under conditions that are never totally under their control.

 

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Contents

Coping on the Margins
1
Figures
25
Empowering Research
37
Nordic Atlantic Societies Emerging
65
Formative Transports
95
Photographs
106
Fisheries
127
Tourism
153
Inhabiting Welfare Municipalities
175
The Ambivalences of Nordicity
199
Transnationalism and Sustainable Development
231
Bibliography
261
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Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt is Head of the Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change at Roskilde University. He was Visiting professor at the University of Tromsø and coordinator of the Nordic Research School on Local Dynamics (NOLD) and of UNESCO1s Circumpolar Coping Processes Project. His publications include Coping Strategies in the North (1998), The Reflexive North (2001), Transforming the Local (2001), Performing Tourist Places (2004), Space Odysseys (2004), Mobility and Place (2008), and Design Research (2010).

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