Stories, also called narratives, are accounts of everyday events, grand stories of the beginnings of life, and sense-making explanations about the world. Contemporary narratives in media, politics and science inform us about the Arctic, its peoples and nature as well as the political developments and transformations in the region. In this chapter, I will discuss how narratives of International Relations (IR) imagine the Arctic, especially those which “exceptionalize” and “globalize” the region. A narrative approach offers a critical tool to discuss the power of IR narratives to imagine the Arctic in certain ways, for example, as a regional, governable entity, a site of global economic circulation and a particular object of global environmental governance. I claim that Eurocentric, Western IR narratives construct the region as a paradoxical, orientalist “Other”. Contrapuntal reading of Arctic IR narratives, inspired by the thoughts of Edward Said, encourages us to re-imagine the “worldliness” of Arctic IR narratives in more diverse ways, beyond “Arctic Orientalism”.
|Title of host publication||Critical Studies of the Arctic|
|Subtitle of host publication||Unravelling the North|
|Editors||Marjo Lindroth, Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen, Monica Tennberg|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
|MoEC publication type||A3 Part of a book or another research book|
Field of science
- International political science