La construction de l'idée de la souveraineté territoriale par le discours politique : étude de cas du gouvernement du Canada par rapport à l'Arctique

Authors: Genest, Philippe
Advisor: Lasserre, FrédéricMace, Gordon
Abstract: Of all the manifestations of global warming, one of the most obvious is undoubtedly the melting of the Arctic polar icecap. As the multi-year ices of the Arctic disappear, the last geostrategic frontier of the Earth emerges. The opening of the mythical Northwest Passage foreshadows access to the natural resources which abound in the Arctic, and resuscitates the unrealised desires of past centuries’ explorers to shorten by several thousand miles the sea passage between Asia and Europe. In recent years, this scenario has reignited the debate over the Arctic, as well as issues of sovereignty surrounding it, a sensitive topic for Canada, particularly because of the Arctic’s role in its meanings of identity. The Arctic theatre is therefore the scene of various territorial claims, but also of several speculations as to how they will be settled. As a result, political discourses of Canadian government officials have been numerous in recent years to affirm loud and clear the sovereign vision of Canada on its portion of the Arctic. The following research aims to study the role played by these discourses in the social construction of Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2011
Open Access Date: 17 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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