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(bo)Real Life: Overheating in the High Arctic - qualitative anthropological analysis (boREALIFE)

The research is inspired by the concept of overheating developed by Thomas H. Eriksen, describing accelerated change in culture, identity, economy and environment. Keywords: globalization, overheating, culture, identity, climate change, Longyearbyen, ethnography

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Starts
2019-02-01

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2021-01-31

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  • social sciences

Project Keywords

  • human dimensions / attitudes,preferences,behavior / social behavior

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Summary

Today’s world is difficult to describe and comprehend. Various changes (not to say crises) are interlinked and looking for a solution is doomed to failure unless the situation is analysed as a whole. In this respect, social anthropology has much to offer to the present time – better orientation in the complex social reality that human beings have created throughout the history of culture evolution. One of the places that undergoes social, economic and environmental changes at a great pace is the town of Longyearbyen in Svalbard, in the High Arctic. The research will focus on the phenomena of extremity, diversity and transience in their various facets. It is inspired by the concept of overheating developed by Thomas H. Eriksen, describing accelerated change in culture, identity, economy and environment. During the project, some 350 in-depth interviews based on the paradigm of narrative anthropology will be made. Finding more about how people living in an environmentally vulnerable place perceive the overheating processes, how they re-/de-/construct their local identity, how they understand the changing world and interpret their life stories is important for the present and the nearest global future.

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