1st Edition

Governance in the Extractive Industries Power, Cultural Politics and Regulation

Edited By Lori Leonard, Siba N. Grovogui Copyright 2017
    224 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Greater understanding of the forms and consequences of investment and disinvestment in the extractive industries is required as a result of capitalist expansion, recent declines in global commodity prices, and claims that extractive sector projects, especially in the global south, are poverty reduction projects. This book explores emergent forms of governance in mining and extractive industry projects around the world. 

    Chapters examine efforts to govern extractive activities across multiple political scales, through intermediaries, instruments, technologies, discourses, and infrastructures. The contributions analyse how multiple micro-processes of rule reverberate through societies to shape the material conditions of everyday life but also politics, social relations, and subjectivities in extractive economies. Detailed case studies are included from Africa (Chad, Nigeria, Rwanda, and São Tomé and Príncipe), Latin America (Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru), and the UN Climate Conference.

    Introduction: Governing in the Extractive Industries: An Introduction

    Lori Leonard and Siba N. Grovogui

    1. Tendencies in Tension: Resource Governance and Social Contradictions in Contemporary Bolivia

    Tom Perreault

    2. Mining, Criminalization, and the Right to Protest: Everyday Constructions of the Post-Neoliberal Ecuadorian State

    Emily Billo

    3. Preserving Illusions: The Rule of Law and Legitimacy under the Chad Pipeline Project

    Siba N. Grovogui

    4. "We Own This Oil": Artisanal Refineries, Extractive Industries and the Politics of Oil in Nigeria

    Omolade Adunbi

    5. Converting Threats to Power: Methane Extraction in Lake Kivu, Rwanda

    Kristin Doughty

    6. Politics in the Public Sphere: ENGOs and Oil Companies in the International Climate Negotiations, 1987-2001

    Simone Pulver

    7. Preventing the Resource Curse: Ethnographic Notes on an Economic Experiment

    Gisa Weszkalnys

    8. Illness, Compensation, and Claims for Justice: Lessons from the Choropampa Mercury Spill

    Fabiana Li

    9. Wars of Words: Experts, Oil, and Environmental Governance in Chad

    Lori Leonard

    10. Post-Script: Mapping Neo-Extractive Frontiers across Africa and Latin America

    Brenda Chalfin


    Lori Leonard is a Professor in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, USA.

    Siba N. Grovogui is a Professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, USA.