Synopses & Reviews
Once imagined as a place on the very edge of the world, Greenland is now viewed as being at the epicentre of climate change. At the same time, international attention is focusing on opportunities for oil and mineral development, seemingly made possible as the inland ice melts and sea ice disappears, revealing geological riches and making access to remote areas possible.
This book takes the reader on a journey through landscapes, seascapes and icescapes of memory, movement and anticipation, and unravels the entanglements of climate change, indigenous sovereignty and the anticipatory politics of non-renewable resource extraction. This book draws on long-term and extensive anthropological research in Greenland -- with families of hunters and fishers in small communities, in large urban centres, moving in networks of civil society, following political debates, working alongside climate scientists, and tracking the work of geologists, mining engineers, environmental consultants, and oil and mining company executives -- and describes how the country is on the verge of major environmental, political and social transformations as it aspires to greater autonomy and possible independence from Denmark. At the heart of this is discussion about how resources and the environment are given meaning and how they have become subject to intense political and ideological struggle.