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Resource Extraction, Space and Resilience
International Perspectives

ISBN 9780367608248
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

While much of the current research on the extractive industries and their socio-environmental impacts is region specific, Resource Extraction, Space and Resilience: International Perspectives critically explores the current state of the extractive industries sector from a uniquely global perspective.

The book introduces a more dynamic idea of sustainability in evaluating mineral extraction and its impacts, and provides a spatialized understanding of the evolution of the extractive industries to help visualise the interlinkages across space, regions and scales. Professor Kotilainen responds to these theoretical challenges by analysing the potential for resilience of mining activities from multiple perspectives across scales, exploring why it is only possible to achieve temporary balance and stability for the whole resource extraction system. Taking a global perspective, the book explores the interlinkages of the industry, investigates the similarities and differences in how the industry operates and examines the social and environmental impacts it has.

By providing an explicitly theoretically informed analysis of the state of the extractive industries, this text will appeal to a wide range of scholars with an interdisciplinary interest in the extractive industries and natural resource management, including human geographers and social scientists with a focus on the relations of humans and societies with their physical environments.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Geopolitical minerals

3. Space and place in resource extraction

4. Resource extraction, sustainability and resilience

5. Rearranging the spaces of extraction

6. Conclusions


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Juha Kotilainen is Professor of Mining Policy and Politics at the University of Eastern Finland.