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Antarctica as cultural critique : the gendered politics of scientific exploration and climate change

Author: Elena Glasberg
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Series: Palgrave Macmillan's critical studies in gender, sexuality, and culture.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Beginning with what was once the "last place on earth," this book redirects discussions within the history of exploration and of globalization. Glasbergtakes on persistent cliche;s of Antarctica as exceptional territory for masculine heroics, untouched wilderness, utopia for international science, or symbol of hope for capitalism or a post-ecological future. Arguing that Antarctica is the most mediated place on
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elena Glasberg
ISBN: 9780230116870 0230116876
OCLC Number: 738335500
Description: xxviii, 174 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: --
"Antarctic Convergence" and the End of the Grid * Gender and the Absent Native of Antarctic History * "Sculpting in Ice": Affective Data and the Market Flow * Roads To Pole: Territorialization Without Territory and Post Ecological Architecture * Blanking the Landscape and Disaster Capitalism * The 100th Anniversary of Antarctica's Discovery: Time to Celebrate?
Series Title: Palgrave Macmillan's critical studies in gender, sexuality, and culture.
Responsibility: Elena Glasberg.

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Arguing that Antarctica is the most mediated place on earth and thus an ideal location for testing the limits of bio-political management of population and place, this book remaps national and  Read more...

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