Our Extractive Age: Expressions of Violence and Resistance emphasizes how the spectrum of violence associated with natural resource extraction permeates contemporary collective life.

Chronicling the increasing rates of brutal suppression of local environmental and labor activists in rural and urban sites of extraction, this volume also foregrounds related violence in areas we might not expect, such as infrastructural developments, protected areas for nature conservation, and even geoengineering in the name of carbon mitigation. Contributors argue that extractive violence is not an accident or side effect, but rather a core logic of the 21st Century planetary experience. Acknowledgement is made not only of the visible violence involved in the securitization of extractive enclaves, but also of the symbolic and structural violence that the governance, economics, and governmentality of extraction have produced. Extractive violence is shown not only to be a spectacular event, but an extended dynamic that can be silent, invisible, and gradual. The volume also recognizes that much of the new violence of extraction has become cloaked in the discourse of "green development," "green building," and efforts to mitigate the planetary environmental crisis through totalizing technologies. Ironically, green technologies and other contemporary efforts to tackle environmental ills often themselves depend on the continuance of social exploitation and the contaminating practices of non-renewable extraction. But as this volume shows, resistance is also as multi-scalar and heterogeneous as the violence it inspires.

The book is essential reading for activists and for students and scholars of environmental politics, natural resource management, political ecology, sustainable development, and globalization.

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ByJohn-Andrew McNeish, Judith Shapiro
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part 1|52 pages

Theorizing Violence in an Extractive Age

chapter 1|14 pages

Extraction and Extractivisms

18Definitions and Concepts
ByFrancesco Durante, Markus Kröger, William LaFleur
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chapter 2|17 pages

The Politics of Violence in Extractivism

Space, Time, and Normativity
ByKatharina Glaab, Kirsti Stuvøy
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chapter 3|20 pages

Thresholds of Injustice

Challenging the Politics of Environmental Postponement
ByPaul Wapner
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part 2|65 pages

Exacerbated Violence at the Local Level

chapter 4|25 pages

Empowerment or Imposition?

70Extractive Violence, Indigenous Peoples, and the Paradox of Prior Consultation
ByPhilippe Le Billon, Nicholas Middeldorp
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chapter 5|20 pages

Leveraging Law and Life

Criminalization of Agrarian Movements and the Escazú Agreement
ByGarrett Graddy-Lovelace
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chapter 6|19 pages

Extraction and the Built Environment

Violence and Other Social Consequencesof Construction
ByVictoria Kiechel
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part 3|71 pages

New Ways of Thinking about Extraction

chapter 7|21 pages

Rethinking Extractivism on China’s Belt and Road

135Food, Tourism, and Talent
ByYifei Li, Judith Shapiro
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chapter 8|21 pages

Granting Rights to Rivers in Colombia

Significance for ExtrACTIVISM and Governance
ByWhitney Richardson, John-Andrew McNeish
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chapter 9|13 pages

Extractivism at Your Fingertips

ByChristopher W. Chagnon, Sophia E. Hagolani-Albov, Saana Hokkanen
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chapter 10|15 pages

Carbon Removal and the Dangers of Extractivism

BySimon Nicholson
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part 4|45 pages

Frontier Spaces

chapter 11|44 pages

Hyper-Extractivism and the Global Oil Assemblage

206Visible and Invisible Networks in Frontier Spaces
ByMichael John Watts
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