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Extractive Industries in an Overheated World
In a fast-changing world, where the extraction of natural resources is key to development, whilst also creating environmental and social disasters, understanding how landscapes, people and politics are shaped by extraction is crucial.
Looking at resource extraction in numerous locations at different stages of development, including North, West and South Africa, India, Kazakhstan and Australia, a broad picture is created, covering coal, natural-gas, gold and cement mining, from corporate to 'artisanal' extraction, from the large to the small scale. The chapters answer the questions: What is ideological about resource extraction? How does extraction transform the physical landscape? And how does the extractive process determine which stakeholders become dominant or marginalised?
Contributing to policy debates, Mining Encounters uncovers the tensions, negotiations and disparities between different actors in the extractive industries, including exploiters and those who benefit or are impoverished by resource exploitation.
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'The millennial scramble for resources brings fresh urgency to questions about the social and environmental costs of extractive capitalism. This book answers that call, offering rich ethnographic insights into the lifeworlds of those who sit in the shadow of extraction. -- Dinah Rajak, University of Sussex 'By bringing contemporary research on resource extraction into conversations about the overheating of the planet, this accessible collection of essays examines the material, social and ethical consequences of our current habits of production and consumption' -- Stuart Kirsch, author of 'Mining Capitalism: The Relationship between Corporations and their Critics'