Greenlanders, Whales, and Whaling cover Greenlanders, Whales, and Whaling: Sustainability and Self-Determination in the Arctic

Richard A. Caulfield

University Press of New England
Copyright © 1997 Trustee of Dartmouth College

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Whaling has been central to the life of Greenland's Inuit peoples for at least 4000 years, but political, economic, technological, and regulatory changes have altered this ancient practice. Richard A. Caulfield reveals these impacts first by analyzing Home Rule and its success in Greenland, and then by looking at whaling's place in the contemporary Greenlandic economy and its evolving co-management regime. What emerges from his investigation is an intricate web connecting traditions of indigenous peoples, the promises and pitfalls of co-management, the influence of international whaling policies, the complexities of sustainability, and the power of culturally determined views shaping relationships between humans and their environment. Caulfield finds that controversy over whaling often arises from conflicting idea systems, rather than disagreement over biological resource management. Understanding the ways Greenlanders and outside interests have defined and negotiated these conflicts "gives us more than just an insight into how indigenous peoples are coping with a changing world," he writes. "It also provides us with a sense of the challenges we face as well."


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Dr. Richard Caulfield serves as Provost at the University of Alaska Southeast, including campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka. As chief academic officer at UAS he reports to Chancellor John Pugh and works closely with faculty, staff, and students in support of academic innovation and excellence. He serves on the UA Statewide Academic Council (SAC) and is responsible for ensuring that UAS academic programs are fully compliant with regional, national, and professional accreditation standards. He is actively engaged with implementing the university's strategic and assessment goals and strategies. Dr. Caulfield earned his PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. His PhD dissertation focused on aboriginal subsistence whaling in Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat) and on cultural dynamics of natural resource use in the Arctic. His dissertation research led to the publication of two books: Greenlanders, Whales and Whaling (University Press of New England) and Inuit, Whaling, and Sustainability (co-author/Alta Mira Press). He earned a Master's degree in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and BA and BS degrees in Political Science and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.


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Published by University Press of New England, Hanover, 1997. ISBN 9781611681338, 219 pages.
Print edition: E99.E7 C38 1997


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