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Coping with Distances

Producing Nordic Atlantic Societies

Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt

312 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-290-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (December 2007)

ISBN  978-0-85745-144-6 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (March 2011)

eISBN 978-0-85745-282-5 eBook

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“Baerenholdt’s compelling work addresses themes and ideas that extend well beyond the North Atlantic…His well-researched, intriguing study delves into theories of social formation as well as the histories and intricacies of historical and modern Nordic societies…[and] presents the complexity of social formation in the Nordic Atlantic in an in-depth and approachable format.”  ·  Choice

In many ways, Bærenholdt’s work constitutes a departure from traditional approaches to thinking about territory and society making. It challenges the dominant, traditional views of societies, namely theoretical perspectives on societies as contained within given territories and shaped largely by external forces.  ·  Canadian Review of Sociology


The Nordic Atlantic area has seen remarkable examples of social formations in areas that many would perceive as too remote to allow the construction of functioning communities. But through innovations, networking and the formation of identities people have coped with distances, thus continuously rebuilding societies in Northern Norway, Iceland, the Faroes, and Greenland. Living conditions in the Nordic Atlantic are so extreme that one might ask whether the notion of society is applicable under these circumstances. The author argues that, yes, there is a meaningful way of comprehending these social formations, which is through the spatial and temporal practices that produce, reproduce, stabilize, destabilize and change them. He introduces the concept of coping, which means neither mastering nor adapting but relates to in-between strategies and tactics reflected in practices of securing people’s way of life under conditions that are never totally under their control.

Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt is Head of the Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change at Roskilde University. He was Visiting professor at the University of Tromsø and coordinator of the Nordic Research School on Local Dynamics (NOLD) and of UNESCO¹s Circumpolar Coping Processes Project. His publications include Coping Strategies in the North (1998), The Reflexive North (2001), Transforming the Local (2001), Performing Tourist Places (2004), Space Odysseys (2004), Mobility and Place (2008), and Design Research (2010).

Subject: Anthropology (General)Environmental Studies (General)Travel and Tourism
Area: Northern Europe


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