chapter  1
Region-building in “The Arctic”
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The quotation above accurately captures some of the main issues addressed in this work. Area studies are often undertaken by outsiders, those fascinated with and romanticizing a region. How can those in area studies then represent the region in a way that is recognizable and relevant to its inhabitants and their everyday life? This problem is an acute one for researchers examining any political development within area studies, and perhaps especially for those investigating the Arctic.