1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography

    494 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    494 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook provides an essential guide to the study of resources and their role in socio-environmental change. With original contributions from more than 60 authors with expertise in a wide range of resource types and world regions, it offers a toolkit of conceptual and methodological approaches for documenting, analyzing, and reimagining resources and the worlds with which they are entangled.

    The volume has an introduction and four thematic sections. The introductory chapter outlines key trajectories for thinking critically with and about resources. Chapters in Section I, "(Un)knowing resources," offer distinct epistemological entry points and approaches for studying resources. Chapters in Section II, "(Un)knowing resource systems," examine the components and logics of the capitalist systems through which resources are made, circulated, consumed, and disposed of, while chapters in Section III, "Doing critical resource geography: Methods, advocacy, and teaching," focus on the practices of critical resource scholarship, exploring the opportunities and challenges of carrying out engaged forms of research and pedagogy. Chapters in Section IV, "Resource-making/world-making," use case studies to illustrate how things are made into resources and how these processes of resource-making transform socio-environmental life.

    This vibrant and diverse critical resource scholarship provides an indispensable reference point for researchers, students, and practitioners interested in understanding how resources matter to the world and to the systems, conflicts, and debates that make and remake it.

    Preface: Handbook-Making

    Elizabeth Havice, Gabriela Valdivia, and Matthew Himley

    1. Critical Resource Geography: An Introduction                                                    

    Gabriela Valdivia, Matthew Himley, and Elizabeth Havice


    (Un)Knowing Resources                                                                                                      

    2. Chimeras of Resource Geographies: Unbounding Ontologies and Knowing Nature       

    Helene Ahlborg and Andrea Joslyn Nightingale

    3. Knowing the Storyteller: Geohumanities and Critical Resource Geography                    

    Kolson Schlosser

    4. Material Worlds Redux: Mobilizing Materiality within Critical Resource Geography                

    Karen Bakker and Gavin Bridge

    5. Temporalities of (Un)Making a Resource: Oil Shales Between Presence and Absence              

    Kärg Kama

    6. Brave New Worms: Orienting (Non)Value in the Parasite Bioeconomy              

    Skye Naslund and Will McKeithen

    7. Resources Is Just Another Word for Colonialism                                                  

    Andrew Curley


    (Un)Knowing Resource Systems                                                                                        

    8. Resistance Against the Land Grab: Defensoras and Embodied Precarity in Latin America

    Sharlene Mollett

    9. Gender in Extractive Industry: Toward a Feminist Critical Resource Geography of Mining and Hydrocarbons                                                            

    Ashley Fent

    10. The Plantation Town: Race, Resources, and the Making of Place                                  

    Danielle M. Purifoy

    11. Materializing Space, Constructing Belonging: Toward a Critical-Geographical Understanding of Resource Nationalism                            

    Tom Perreault

    12. Resources in a World of Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers: Dividing, Circumscribing, Confining

    Kathryn Furlong, Martine Verdy, and Alejandra Uribe-Albornoz

    13. Pets or Meat: A Resource Geography of Dogs in China, from Chairman Mao (1949–1976) to the Pet Fair Asia Fashion Show (2015–2020)                              

    Heidi J. Nast

    14. The Social Production of Resources: A Marxist Approach                                            

    Matthew T. Huber

    15World-Systems Theory, Nature, and Resources                                                    

    Paul S. Ciccantell

    16. The Corporation and Resource Geography                                                                     

    Liam Campling


    Doing Critical Resource Geography: Methods, Advocacy, and Teaching                     

    17. Life with Oil Palm: Incorporating Ethnographic Sensibilities in Critical Resource Geography

    Eloisa Berman-Arévalo

    18. Institutional Ethnography: A Feminist Methodological Approach to Studying Institutions of Resource Governance                                                    

    Emily Billo

    19. Critical Physical Geography: In Pursuit of Integrative and Transformative Approaches to Resource Dynamics                                                       

    Christine Biermann, Stuart N. Lane, and Rebecca Lave

    20. Praxis in Resource Geography: Tensions Between Engagement and Critique in the (Un)Making of Ecosystem Services                                                    

    Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, Vijay Kolinjivadi, Gert Van Hecken, Catherine Windey, and Jennifer J. Casolo

    21. Negotiating the Mine: Commitments, Engagements, Contradictions                 

    Anthony Bebbington, Ana Estefanía Carballo, Gillian Gregory, and Tim Werner

    22. Intergenerational Equity and the Geographical Ebb and Flow of Resources: The Time and Space of Natural Capital Accounting                           

    Patrick Bond and Rahul Basu

    23. Research as Action and Performance: Learning with Activists in Resource Conflicts              

    Christopher Courtheyn and Ahsan Kamal

    24. Engaged Research with Smallholders and Palm Oil Firms: Relational and Feminist Insights from the Field                                                                                   

    Adrienne Johnson

    25. Renewable Energy Landscapes and Community Engagements: The Role of Critical Resource Geographers Beyond Academia                                            

    Elvin Delgado

    26. Learning about Coal Frontiers: From the Mountains of Appalachia to the Streets of South Baltimore                                                                         

    Nicole Fabricant

    27. Teaching Critical Resource Geography: Integrating Research into the Classroom         Conor Harrison and Kathryn Snediker


    Resource Making/World Making                                                                                      

    28. Soy, Domestication, and Colonialism                                                                              

    Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira

    29. From Gold to Rosewood: Agrarian Change, High-Value Resources, and the Flexible Frontier-Makers of the Twenty-First Century                              

    Annah Zhu and Nancy Lee Peluso

    30. Conservation and the Production of Wildlife as Resource                                              

    Elizabeth Lunstrum and Francis Massé

    31. Anadromous Frontiers: Reframing Citizenship in Extractive Regions. The Salmon Industry in Los Lagos, Chile                                                                           

    Beatriz Bustos-Gallardo

    32. Extracting Fish                                                                                                     

    Elspeth Probyn

    33. Human Tissue Economies: Making Biological Resources                                              

    Maria Fannin

    34. Making, and Remaking, a World of Carbon: Uneven Geographies of Carbon Sequestration    

    Wim Carton and Karin Edstedt

    35. World-Making and the Deep Seabed: Mining the Area Beyond National Jurisdiction              

    Anna Zalik

    36. World-Making Through Mapping: Large Scale Marine Protected Areas and the Transformation of the Global Ocean                                                 

    Lisa M. Campbell, Noella J. Gray, Sarah Bess Jones Zigler, Leslie Acton, and Rebecca Gruby

    37. Mapping Resources: Mapping as Method for Critical Resource Geographies   

    Joe Bryan


    Matthew Himley is an Associate Professor of Geography at Illinois State University. He is a nature-society geographer with interests in the political ecology and political economy of resource industries, especially in the Andean region of South America. His recent research focuses on the historical role of science in mineral extraction and state formation in Peru.

    Elizabeth Havice is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She uses the lens of governance to explore distributional outcomes in marine spaces, food systems, and global value chains. She is a cofounder of the Digital Oceans Governance Lab that explores intersections of data technologies and oceans governance.

    Gabriela Valdivia is a Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a feminist political ecologist examining the relationship between resources and socio-environmental inequities. Gabriela is an author of the digital project Crude Entanglements, which explores the affective dimensions of oil production, and a coauthor of Oil, Revolution, and Indigenous Citizenship in Ecuadorian Amazonia.