1st Edition

Resource Communities Past Legacies and Future Pathways

    258 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides an innovative approach to understanding the governance of resource communities, by showcasing how the past and present informs the future.

    Resource communities have complicated relationships with the past, and this makes their relationship with the future, and the future itself, also complicated. The book digs deeply into the myriad legacies left by a history of resource extraction in a community and makes use of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives to understand the complex issues being faced by a range of different communities that are reliant on different types of resources across the world. From coal and gold mining, to fishing towns and logging communities, the book explores the legacies of boom and bust economies, social memory, trauma and identity, the interactions between power and knowledge and the implications for adaptive governance. Balancing conceptual and theoretical understandings with empirical and practical knowledge of resource communities, natural resource use and social-ecological relationships, the book argues that solutions for individual communities need to be embraced in the community and not just in the perspectives of visiting experts. Linking the past, present and futures of resource communities in a new way, the book concludes by providing practical recommendations for breaking open dependencies on the past, including deepening awareness of the social, economic and environmental contexts, establishing strong governance and developing community strategies, plans and policies for the future.

    This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of natural resource governance and management, extractive industries, environmental policy, community planning and development, environmental geography and sustainable development, as well as policymakers involved in supporting community development in natural resource-dependent communities across the world.

    1.     Introduction: Resource communities in the imperfect grip of the past

    2.     History, memory and legacy in resource communities

    3.     Identity and reinvention in resource communities

    4.     Symbolic violence and healing in resource communities

    5.     Trauma and healing in resource communities: Invisible legacies and sources for optimism

    6.     Power knowledge and the governance of resource communities

    7.     Concentration problems and resource communities

    8.     Legacies and futures in the governance of resource communities

    9.     Tripping over the Real: Why strategies often do not work in resource communities

    10.  Strategy and community in resource communities

    11.  Conclusions: Legacies, (in) accessible parts, and navigating the futures of resource communities

    12.  A practical methodology: Self-analysis and strategy in resource communities


    Kristof Van Assche is a Professor of Planning, Governance and Development at the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Senior Fellow in the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) at Bonn University, Germany.

    Monica Gruezmacher is a Research Associate in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Teaching Assistant Professor at the School of Science and the Environment at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

    Lochner Marais is a Professor in the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State, South Africa, and an Honorary Professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia.

    Xaquin Perez-Sindin is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw, Poland.