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Changing Trends in Antarctic Research

Series: Environment and Assessment Volume: 3

Edited By: A Elzinga

Kluwer Academic Publishers

Hardback | Dec 1993 | #29303 | ISBN: 0792322673
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Giving an update on the rapidly changing events surrounding the introduction of an environmental protection regime in Antarctica, this book takes up the historical background, as well as the role of science as a vehicle for political action. In particular it traces the shift of political agendas relating to Antarctica, and the changes this has wrought in research directions. The book brings together discussions from a symposium held at the University of Goteborg in Sweden, where interaction between scientists, research administrators and philosophers of science homed in on the implications for science that flow from the shift towards an environmentalist focus in Antarctica. It is argued that changing trends in Antarctic research must be understood bifocally, that is with reference both to political changes and epistemological considerations. This places the book squarely in two different discourses, one in the social studies of science and technology, with special reference to science policy, and the other in environmental studies, with special reference to Antarctica.


Part I Historical and Contemporary Issues: the politics of science in polar regions, A. Elzinga and I. Bohlin. Part II The functional role of science in the antarctic treaty system: the role of science in the negotiations of the antarctic treaty - an historical review in the light of recent events, F. Solie; development of the science/politics interface in the Antarctic treaty and the role of scientific advice, N. Bonner; relevance pressures and the strategic orientation of research, A. Karlqvist. Part III Is science in Antarctica facing the prospects of increasing bureaucratization?: the place of regulation in relationship to science, O. Orheim; the place of science in an environmentally regulated continent, J. Barnes. Part IV Orientational shifts in Antarctic research agendas: focusing an Antarctic research program - the Australian experience, B. Davis; environmentally driven research - is it different?, B. Heywood; geoscience - basic research or commercial prospecting?, K. Larsson. Part V Panel discussion and plenary: multi-disciplinary and multi-country perspectives, R. Mansukosi and P.-C. Rieber and J.H. Stel and J.-O. Stromberg. Part VI Four symposium papers and a review of SCAR: the science/politics interface in development, N. Bonner; science in an environmentally regulated continent, J.N. Barnes; the Australian Antarctic research program in focus, B. Davis; environmentally driven or environmentally benign Antarctic research, R.B. Heywood; some views on Antarctic research, R.R. Colwell.

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