Alaska identity revisited

Brown, Gregory and Alessa, Lilian (2006) Alaska identity revisited. The North American Geographer, 5 1-2: 78-94.

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Author Brown, Gregory
Alessa, Lilian
Title Alaska identity revisited
Journal name The North American Geographer
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 5
Issue 1-2
Start page 78
End page 94
Total pages 17
Place of publication Edmond, OK
Publisher University of Central Oklahoma Department of History and Geography
Abstract Nearly 25 years ago, Cuba (1987) described how symbolic images of a wild Alaska framed the expectations of migrants to Alaska to perpetuate an identity based on comparative experiences with the world "outside" Alaska. Consistent with a frontier identity, Cuba found that Anchorage residents viewed themselves as being more resourceful, self-reliant, adventurous, and outdoor oriented than outsiders. In this study, we re-examine Alaska identity using survey research that replicates and expands Cuba's study to include proecological beliefs (New Ecological Paradigm). In survey responses from Anchorage and Kenai coastal community residents, we found that Alaska residents continue to perceive themselves as more resourceful, risk-taking, independent, and seekers-of-wilderness than outsiders. Alaska residents continue to harbor greater dislike for government intervention than those residing outside Alaska and hold a strong utilitarian view of nature. Interestingly, despite holding weaker proecological beliefs than outsiders, Alaska residents view themselves as more connected to the forces of nature. We discuss the implications of these findings for the continuing debate over resource development in Alaska. Keywords: Alaska, identity, human-environment interaction.
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Additional Notes Published in 2006 but appears as Vol. 5 2003.

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