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Energy, Resource Extraction and Society
Impacts and Contested Futures

ISBN 9780815380153
Published September 10, 2018 by Routledge
236 Pages - 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Energy is central to the fabric of society. This book revisits the classic notions of energy impacts by examining the social effects of resource extraction and energy projects which are often overlooked. Energy impacts are often reduced to the narrow configurations of greenhouse gas emissions, chemical spills or land use changes. However, this neglects the fact that the way we produce, distribute and consume energy shapes society, political institutions and culture.

The authors trace the impacts of contemporary energy and resource extraction developments and explain their significance for the shaping of powerful social imaginaries and a reconfiguration of political and democratic systems. They analyse not only the complex histories and landscapes of industrial mining and energy development, including oil, coal, wind power, gas (fracking) and electrification, but also their significance for contested energy and social futures. Based on ethnographic and interdisciplinary research from around the world, including case studies from Australia, Germany, Kenya, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Turkey, UK and USA, they document the effects on local communities and how these are often transformed into citizen engagement, protest and resistance. This sheds new light on the relationship between energy and power, reflecting a wide array of pertinent impacts beyond the usual considerations of economic efficiency and energy security.

The volume is aimed at advanced students and researchers in anthropology, sociology, human geography, science and technology studies, environmental studies and sustainable development as well as professionals working in the field of impact assessments.

Table of Contents



Introduction: Conceptualising energy impacts and contested energy futures.

Anna Szolucha

  1. Extractive inequalities: coal, land-acquisition and class in rural New South Wales, Australia.
  2. Hedda Haugen Askland and Matthew Bunn

  3. Petroleum in the Barents Region: local impacts and dreams at sea.
  4. Ragnhild Freng Dale

  5. Creating and debating energy citizenship: the case of shale gas in Poland.
  6. Roberto Cantoni, Aleksandra Lis and Agata Stasik

  7. Energy practices and the construction of energy democracy in the Noordoostpolder (the Netherlands).
  8. Elisabet Dueholm Rasch and Michiel Köhne

  9. Energy democracy and the co-production of social and technological systems in north-eastern North America.
  10. Matthew J. Burke

  11. Community Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: An Assessment Challenge. Rolando Madriz-Vargas, Anna Bruce and Muriel Watt
  12. Class, CO2 and Urban Climate Change Mitigation: On Saving Energy in a Post-Industrial German City.
  13. Felix Ringel

  14. Contested wind energy: Discourses on energy impacts and their significance for energy justice in Fosen.
  15. Pia Piroschka Otte, Katrina Rønningen and Espen Moe

  16. What Lies Below: the politics of resource conflict in Turkana, Kenya
  17. Marianna Betti

  18. Integrative Currents? Electrifying the Turkey-EU Relations in Times of Blackout.
  19. Bilge Firat

  20. An assessment of current regulation and suggestions for a citizen-centered approach to the governing of UK hydraulic fracturing
  21. Miriam R. Aczel and Karen E. Makuch

  22. Conclusion: Resource extraction, energy impacts and openings for change.

Anna Szolucha

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Anna Szolucha is a research fellow at the Polish Academy of Sciences and an affiliated researcher with the ERC Egalitarianism Project at the University of Bergen, Norway.