Experiencing (in)securities in northern Norway : Narratives of emotion and extractivism

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Kangasluoma , S 2021 , ' Experiencing (in)securities in northern Norway : Narratives of emotion and extractivism ' , The Extractive Industries and Society , vol. 8 , no. 3 , 100955 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2021.100955

Title: Experiencing (in)securities in northern Norway : Narratives of emotion and extractivism
Author: Kangasluoma, Sohvi
Contributor organization: Aleksanteri Institute - Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies
The Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative
Date: 2021-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: The Extractive Industries and Society
ISSN: 2214-790X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2021.100955
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334637
Abstract: The role of emotions within extractive industries has been acknowledged and embraced in recent years, though security studies research on it remains limited. This article argues that to better understand narratives of everyday security, the role of emotions should be acknowledged. I focus on an Arctic locality in northern Norway, and on local experiences and emotions surrounding everyday securities and insecurities of having an oil and gas production site nearby. The Arctic oil and gas industry is important economically for local communities; however, it also accelerates global climate change. The article scrutinizes interviews collected from local people and concludes that security narratives are complex and conflicted, portraying various stories about having the petroleum industry in one's neighbourhood. The narratives express concern and worry for the environment while expressing gratitude to the economic benefits of the industry. The Arctic communities have been tied to the global oil and gas market while being forced to find new means to cope with the change. Contributing to the wider discussion on the local security impacts of extractivist projects, as well as further developing the concept of human security, I argue that the role of emotions cannot be ignored.
Subject: 5172 Global Politics
Human security
Resource extraction
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion

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