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Author O'Reilly, Jessica, 1978-
Title The technocratic Antarctic : an ethnography of scientific expertise and environmental governance / Jessica O'Reilly.
Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2017.

Author O'Reilly, Jessica, 1978-
Series Expertise : cultures and technologies of knowledge
Expertise (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Subject Antarctica -- Research.
Scientists -- Antarctica.
Ethnology -- Antarctica.
Human ecology -- Antarctica.
Environmental policy -- Antarctica.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The imagined Antarctic : extremes and exceptions -- Antarctic environmental history : engaging and arranging things -- Sensing the ice : expert intimacy with data -- Samples and specimens at Antarctic biosecurity borders -- Managing Antarctic science in an epistemic technocracy -- Tectonic time and sacred geographies at the Larsemann Hills -- Charismatic data and climate change -- Conclusion : governance in technocratic natures.
Note Print version record and CIP data provided by publisher.
Text in English.
Summary The Technocratic Antarctic is an ethnographic account of the scientists and policymakers who work on Antarctica. In a place with no indigenous people, Antarctic scientists and policymakers use expertise as their primary model of governance. Scientific research and policymaking are practices that inform each other, and the Antarctic environment--with its striking beauty, dramatic human and animal lives, and specter of global climate change--not only informs science and policy but also lends Antarctic environmentalism a particularly technocratic patina. Jessica O'Reilly conducted most of her research for this book in New Zealand, home of the "Antarctic Gateway" city of Christchurch, and on an expedition to Windless Bight, Antarctica, with the New Zealand Antarctic Program. O'Reilly also follows the journeys Antarctic scientists and policymakers take to temporarily "Antarctic" places such as science conferences, policy workshops, and the international Antarctic Treaty meetings in Scotland, Australia, and India. Competing claims of nationalism, scientific disciplines, field experiences, and personal relationships among Antarctic environmental managers disrupt the idea of a utopian epistemic community. O'Reilly focuses on what emerges in Antarctica among the complicated and hybrid forms of science, sociality, politics, and national membership found there. The Technocratic Antarctic unfolds the historical, political, and moral contexts that shape experiences of and decisions about the Antarctic environment.
ISBN 9781501708350 (EPUB/MOBI)
9781501708367 (PDF)
OCLC # 956379795
Additional Format Print version: O'Reilly, Jessica, 1978- Technocratic Antarctic. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2017 9780801454127 (DLC) 2016034188