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Title: Nuanced perceptions and Arctic disputes : an examination of the Canadian relationship with the Arctic region
Author: Burke, Danita Catherine
ISNI:       0000 0004 6352 0898
Awarding Body: Aberystwyth University
Current Institution: Aberystwyth University
Date of Award: 2016
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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.
Supervisor: Mathers, Jennifer ; Lewis, Dafydd ; Clark, Ian Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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