Nuanced Perceptions and Arctic Disputes: An Examination of the Canadian Relationship with the Arctic Region

Research output: ThesisPh.D. thesis

Abstract

The most puzzling aspect of the Canadian relationship with the Arctic region revolves around the split between the appearance of absent-minded governance, bordering on indifference toward the region, and the raging nationalism during moments of actual and perceived challenge toward the imagined “Canadian Arctic region.” Canada’s nationalistic relationship with the Arctic region is often discussed as a reactionary phenomenon to anti-American sentiments, national identity insecurities and government propaganda, but its complexity and evolution within Canadian society are rarely given much in-depth consideration and analysis. As such, this thesis explores the complexities and evolution of the Canadian-Arctic relationship through two central research questions: how have the dominant cultural attitudes about the Canadian Arctic emerged and evolved within Canadian society and how have these cultural ideas about the Canadian Arctic region effected, and been effected by, Canada’s international disputes in the Arctic region? Using Canada as the focus for the analysis, the purpose of this project is to develop upon Arctic studies and international relations literature by providing an intricate look at how interests and disputes in the Canadian Arctic region at the regional and international levels are affects by domestic cultural and political factors.

The thesis was submitted in May 2015 and successfully defended in September 2015. The external examiner was Professor Philip Steinberg (Professor in the Department of Geography, Durham University) and the internal examiner was Dr. Gerry Hughes (Reader in Military History, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University). My supervisors were Professor Ian Clark, Dr. Huw Lewis and Dr. Jenny Mathers.
Original languageEnglish
Publisher
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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