Book launch: Our Extractive Age: Expressions of Violence and Resistance

On Thursday May 20th, 2021 at 4 pm - 5.

30 pm (GMT)

EXALT is excited to host a book launch for Our Extractive Age: Expressions of Violence and Resistance edited by Judith Shapiro and John-Andrew McNeish. Join us for this exciting event to hear about and discuss the content of this groundbreaking volume. The event includes an introduction by the editors, short interventions by the chapter authors, and an interactive Q&A session with the audience.

Time: Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 4pm - 5.30pm GMT

Zoom link: Passcode: EXALT

Our Extractive Age emphasizes how the spectrum of violence associated with natural resource extraction permeates contemporary collective life. It records the increasing rates of brutal suppression of local environmental and labor activists in rural and urban sites of extraction and recognizes related violence in areas we might not expect. Contributors argue that extractive violence—visible, symbolic, and structural—is not an accident or side effect, but rather it is a core logic of the 21st century planetary experience. This book also explores how much of the new violence of extraction has become cloaked in the discourse of "green development," "green building," and “green technologies,” which often depend on the continuance of social exploitation and the contaminating practices of non-renewable extraction. The volume also presents that resistance is as multi-scalar and heterogeneous as the violence it inspires.

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Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Violence of a Hyper-Extractive Age

John-Andrew McNeish and Judith Shapiro

Part One: Theorizing Violence in an Extractive Age

1. Extraction and Extractivisms: Definitions and Concepts

Francesco Durante, Markus Kröger, and William LaFleur

2. The Politics of Violence in Extractivism: Space, Time, and Normativity

Katharina Glaab and Kirsti Stuvøy

3. Thresholds of Injustice: Challenging the Politics of Environmental Postponement

Paul Wapner

Part Two: Exacerbated Violence at the Local Level

4. Empowerment or Imposition? Extractive Violence, Indigenous Peoples, and the Paradox of Prior Consultation

Philippe Le Billon and Nicholas Middeldorp

5. Leveraging Law and Life: Criminalization of Agrarian Movements and the Escazú Agreement

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace

6. Extraction and the Built Environment: Violence and Other Social Consequences of Construction

Vicky Kiechel

Part Three: New Ways of Thinking about Extraction

7. Rethinking Extractivism on China’s Belt and Road: Food, Tourism, and Talent

Yifei Li and Judith Shapiro

8. Granting Rights to Rivers in Colombia:: Significance for ExtrACTIVISM and Governance

Whitney Richardson and John-Andrew McNeish

9. Extractivism at Your Fingertips

Christopher W. Chagnon, Sophia E. Hagolani-Albov, and Saana Hokkanen

10. Carbon Removal and the Dangers of Extractivism

Simon Nicholson

Part Four: Frontier Spaces

11. Hyper-Extractivism and the Global Oil Assemblage: Visible and Invisible Networks in Frontier Spaces

Michael J. Watts