Mining Encounters

Extractive Industries in an Overheated World

Edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Robert J. Pijpers

Mining Encounters

Edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Robert J. Pijpers

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745338378 Published January 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
We live in a fast-changing world, where the extraction of natural resources is both the key to development and at the same times is a source of environmental and social disasters. Understanding how landscapes, people, and politics are shaped by the mining industries in today’s world is crucial.
            Mining Encounters paints a broad picture, looking at resource extraction in numerous locations at different stages of development—covering coal, natural gas, gold, and cement mining in North, West, and South Africa, as well as in India, Kazakhstan, and Australia. The chapters answer key questions: How does mining transform the physical landscape? What are the value systems underlying the world’s mining industries? And how does the process of extracting resources determine which stakeholders become dominant and which marginalized?
            Uncovering the tensions, negotiations, and disparities among different actors in the extractive industries, Mining Encounters will make a vital contribution to policy debates moving forward.
 
Review Quotes
Stuart Kirsch, author of Mining Capitalism: The Relationship between Corporations and their Critics
“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.”
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