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Diplomacy on IceEnergy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic$
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Rebecca Pincus and Saleem H. Ali

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300205169

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300205169.001.0001

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Growth Imperative: Intermediaries, Discourse Frameworks, and the Arctic

Growth Imperative: Intermediaries, Discourse Frameworks, and the Arctic

(p.141) 8. Growth Imperative: Intermediaries, Discourse Frameworks, and the Arctic
Diplomacy on Ice

Arthur Mason

Yale University Press

With the rush for riches over Arctic fossil fuels under way, this chapter examines the work of energy consultants who create Arctic energy futures. Arctic energy futures are detailed expectations that attract attention from financial sponsors to stimulate agenda-setting processes and play a powerful role in policing actors through their appearance of authority. The prophesy dimensions of these futures raise concerns about how consultants perceive resource management and the efficacy of integrating indigenous knowledge systems with Western apparatuses. The chapter argues that consultants are intermediary experts with three practices for visualizing Arctic energy futures that elevate the interests of industry into actionable views: assembling, mobilizing, performing. Assembling addresses how experts assemble knowledge to formulate an empirical characterization of the Arctic energy futures; mobilizing addresses how experts shape knowledge for industry in order to develop a typology of conditions (facts, scenarios); performing addresses how intermediary expertise is performed to develop characterizations of enactment of expertise.

Keywords:   cultures of expertise, intermediary knowledge, futures, performativity, restructuring, natural gas forecasting, cultural anthropology, science and technology studies

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