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dc.contributor.authorMarino, Elizabeth K.
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-07T22:45:47Z
dc.date.available2018-08-07T22:45:47Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/9151
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2012
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation presents an ethnography of vulnerability in Shishmaref, Alaska. The village of Shishmaref, population 563, faces imminent threat from increasing erosion and flooding events -- linked to climatic changes and ecological shift -- making the relocation of residents off of the island necessary in the foreseeable future. In spite of ongoing conversations with government agencies since 1974, an organized relocation has yet to occur in Shishmaref. While ecological shift and anthropogenic climate change are no doubt occurring in and around the island, the literature on vulnerability and disaster predicts that social systems contribute at least as much as ecological circumstances to disaster scenarios. This research tests this theory and asks the question: what exactly is causing vulnerability in Shishmaref, Alaska? The resulting dissertation is an exploration of the ecological, historical, social and cultural influences that contribute to vulnerability and risk in Shishmaref. Unlike common representations of climate change and disaster that present the natural environment as a sole driver of risk, this research finds complex systems of decision-making, ideologies of development, and cultural assumptions about social life contribute to why Shishmaref residents are exposed to erosion and flooding and why government intervention and planning remains difficult.
dc.subjectCultural anthropology
dc.subjectClimate change
dc.titleLosing Ground: An Ethnography Of Vulnerability And Climate Change In Shishmaref, Alaska
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.degreephd
dc.identifier.departmentDepartment of Anthropology
dc.contributor.chairSchweitzer, Peter
refterms.dateFOA2020-03-06T01:02:55Z


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