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Aquatorialities of the Arctic Region – A Systems Theoretical Analysis of Risks

Author(s): Gorm Harste

Journal: Nordicum-Mediterraneum
ISSN 1670-6242

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: A7;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Arctic | social systems | Niklas Luhmann | risk | Law of Sea | ecological communication

In order to describe the Arctic system I propose using a concept functionally equivalent to territoriality, namely aquatoriality. Whether communicating about territoriality or aquatoriality, concepts and delimitations are both contingent to forms of communication systems. I will distinguish between six communications systems that differentiated from each other could become involved in the new deals emerging around the Arctic. Apart of an economic communication code about the Arctic, a legal code, ecological communication codes, and tourist communication codes, I will cope with the military coding of the Arctic. These codes could then appear structurally coupled to a political system that in an organizational way appears in the Arctic Council.
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