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Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica (Hardback)
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Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica (Hardback)

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Hardback 640 Pages / Published: 27/01/2017
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The Antarctic and Southern Ocean are hotspots for contemporary endeavours to oversee 'the last frontier' of the Earth. The Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica offers a wide-ranging and comprehensive overview of the governance, geopolitics, international law, cultural studies and history of the region. Written by leading experts, the Handbook brings together the very best interdisciplinary social science and humanities scholarship on the Antarctic and Southern Ocean, offering a definitive statement on why the world's only uninhabited continent attracts global attention in terms of science, politics and natural resources - and what can be done to manage it. Four sections take readers from the earliest human encounters to contemporary resource exploitation and climate change through thematic and critical analyses: the exploration, exploitation and mapping of Antarctica; its emergence as an object of global interest; human behaviour and environmental change in response to managerial interventions; and a contemplation of possible futures for Antarctica. All topics are covered in accessible yet authoritative contributions. Specialist readers in polar regions, public international law, geography, geopolitics and international relations will appreciate this uniquely comprehensive and up-to-date examination of politics in and around Antarctica, as will scholars with interest in areas beyond national jurisdiction, peace/co-operation studies and the interface between public policy and science.

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781784717674
Number of pages: 640
Dimensions: 169 x 244 mm


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`Antarctica is known as a continent for science, yet to understand this vast polar region requires an understanding of its politics as much as it does knowledge of the dynamics of its ice shelves, its sub-glacial lakes, its oceanography, and its role in the global climate system. This comprehensive, superbly-edited volume of well-crafted essays provides up-to-date coverage on a range of contemporary issues, including governance, regulation, international law, tourism, images, and representations. This is essential reading for anyone concerned with the politics of and about Antarctica and its global relevance.' -- Mark Nuttall, University of Alberta, Canada
`Quite breathtaking in its coverage, this brilliantly conceived and meticulously edited Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica is the most competent collection of contributions by leading experts to be published to date. An innovative, interdisciplinary conceptualization of Antarctica, offering theoretically informed analysis of various facets of Antarctic governance and geopolitics, further enhance the universal appeal of this extraordinary effort and virtually guarantee its presence on the bookshelves of libraries.' -- Sanjay Chaturvedi, Panjab University, India

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