Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

'It's a Magnifying Glass': The Communication of Power in a Remote Field Station
by McDermott, Victoria, M.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2019, 174; 13856666
Abstract (Summary)

Remote field stations play a critical role in advancing our understanding of the world and how humans cause environmental change. Remote field stations are sentinels of Earth's climate, environment, and biodiversity that provide scientists with the infrastructure to collect data in inaccessible areas of the globe. These research stations are considered isolated, confined and extreme (ICE) environments which provide people with unique opportunities and intensely stressful potentially life-threatening situations to overcome. Traditionally, remote field stations have been considered harassment hell for men and women, alike. There is little research on the impact of remote field stations on communication and factors that influence power communication within remote field stations. In the present study, the researcher traveled 10 hours north of Fairbanks, Alaska to Toolik Field Station in the Brooks Range of the Alaskan Mountains. The researcher interviewed 20 participants, 15 males and 5 females, willing to talk about their experiences in remote field stations and especially their experiences at Toolik. Using theories of power construction, standpoint theory, and contrapower harassment this study sought to understand how remote field stations impact communication dynamics and the influence of gender on communication within a remote field station. Findings in the present study suggest that gender is a crucial factor that impacts power dynamics in remote field station. Through the data collected in this study, three areas of opportunity were identified for overall camp improvement, including group cohesion, reintegration coping strategies and overcoming gender barriers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: May, Amy
Commitee: Richey, Jean, Taylor, Karen
School: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Department: Communication and Journalism
School Location: United States -- Alaska
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Communication
Keywords: Communication, Contrapower harassment, Gender, Gender communication, Ice environments, Remote field stations
Publication Number: 13856666
ISBN: 9781392153314
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