Inuit Statehood: a liquified chance of independence

Ørne Trygve Voetmann & Johan Kaas-Olsen

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


The purpose of the present study is to unpack the Greenlandic narrative of independence. Informed by a postcolonial perspective and with a social constructivist frame in mind, it explores the story of how the Inuit identity is discursively produced and reproduced as Greenland pursues independence in a time of climate change. As the Arctic liquefies drop-by-drop, different political actors articulate climate change in terms of opportunities and misgivings to expedite each their particular tale. In a context of hegemonic struggle, we frame the Greenlandic territory as a marginal space of resistance, where the Inuit becomes challenged by both external and internal forces. By imploring differential responsibility, Greenland positions itself meaningfully in the global geopolitical sphere in an era of climate change. The construction of climate change has been developed and institutionalised as a new language adopted into political vocabularies around the world, but by the articulation of a strategically deployed shifter, climate change is successfully framed in terms of opportunities and misgivings. Hereby legitimising the notion of “sustainable mining” while simultaneously becoming a mean to independence and a challenge to the Inuit identity.

UddannelserGeografi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Antal sider58
VejledereOle Bruun