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Science, Markets and Power: Adolf Severin Jensen in the Debate over Greenland's Fisheries Development during the Early Twentieth Century (2018)


As a fisheries consultant to the colonial administration, Adolf Severin Jensen (1866-1953) followed, and was an active commentator on, all stages of the commercialisation of Greenland's fishing industry - from its early assessment shortly after 1900 to the sector's peak in the 1930s, and the first signs of a changing trend in the 1940s. This paper puts Jensen's perceptions of Greenlandic fisheries in dialogue with the ideas of scientific rationalisation, economic efficiency and colonial power. The accounts of the fisheries scientist offer a glimpse into the complicated interplay of applied science in natural resource exploitation and state interests at the turn of the twentieth century. His research agenda was coined by the goals of fisheries science to connect knowledge production to markets. However, Jensen's findings also merged with Denmark's aim to secure its colonial authority in Greenland and to exert effective power over both resources and people.

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Authors & Contributors
Hubbard, Jennifer Mary
Grasso, Glenn M.
Bankoff, Greg
Wright, Miriam
Payne, Brian J.
Muscolino, Micah
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Environmental History
Journal of Pacific History
Journal of Canadian Studies
Science as Culture
Journal of Global History
Michigan State University Press
Harvard University Asia Center
University Press of Kansas
University of Chicago Press
Il Formichiere
Oregon State University Press
Natural resource management
Fisheries; fishing
Environmental history
Conservation of natural resources
Science and industry
Safford, William Edwin
Pinchot, Gifford
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
18th century
United States
Atlantic Ocean
Islands of the Pacific

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