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SpringerBriefs in Geography

Contested Energy Spaces

Disassembling Energyscapes of the Canadian North

Authors: Wanvik, Tarje I.

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  • Conceptualizes the socio-material complexity of contested energy spaces in the Canadian North
  • Challenges preconceptions of indigenous peoples as victims by examining communities that favor industrial developments on their traditional lands
  • Identifies instabilities in the Canadian North to understand the power relations between industry, state and indigenous communities
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This authored brief discusses how to conceptualize the socio-material complexity of contested energy spaces in the Canadian North, specifically in the context of indigenous communities that have allowed industrial developments to occur on their lands despite the environmental and lifestyle consequences. By applying assemblage theory, the author identifies contested energy spaces as complex places or situations that need to be understood through geographical concepts of place, scale, and power. In 6 chapters, the book challenges preconceptions of indigenous peoples as victims by examining communities that favor industrial developments,  and identifies instabilities in the Canadian North to analyze the power relations between industry, state and indigenous communities. The book will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and lecturers, and geography scholars.
Chapter 1 introduces the concept of energy spaces, and addresses the main research question posed in the text; why do some indigenous communities support extractive industry developments on their traditional territories, despite substantial destruction of the local environment and traditional indigenous land use practices? Chapter 2 further elaborates on the conceptualization of contested energy spaces, and chapter 3 applies this to the study area in Alberta, Canada. Chapter 4 discusses the methodology of the research process, and chapter 5 presents empirical cases in Alberta, from the changing governance structures of energy spaces to the networking of local indigenous communities. Chapter 6 concludes the brief by summarizing he findings, and by offering advice to all stakeholders regarding the dangers of leaving government processes to market forces alone.

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Tarje I. Wanvik is a Ph.D. researcher in the Department of Geography at the University of Bergen, and an independent consultant assisting organizations and businesses with Corporate Social Responsibility, fundraising, organizational development and strategic communication. He has hands-on experience as a researcher and communicator from public, private and non-governmental sector management, and is co-founder of Spaces of Climate and Energy Laboratory (SpaceLab) and Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $54.99
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Softcover $69.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contested Energy Spaces
Book Subtitle
Disassembling Energyscapes of the Canadian North
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Geography
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(S) 2018, under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02396-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02396-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-02395-9
Series ISSN
2211-4165
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 119
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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