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The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography

ISBN 9781138358805
Published July 13, 2021 by Routledge
494 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Critical Resource Geography: An Introduction  SECTION I (Un)Knowing Resources  2. Chimeras of Resource Geographies: Unbounding Ontologies and Knowing Nature  3. Knowing the Storyteller: Geohumanities and Critical Resource Geography  4.  Material Worlds Redux: Mobilizing Materiality within Critical Resource Geography 5. Temporalities of (Un)Making a Resource: Oil Shales Between Presence and Absence  6. Brave New Worms: Orienting (Non)Value in the Parasite Bioeconomy  7.   Resources Is Just Another Word for Colonialism  SECTION II (Un)Knowing Resource Systems  8. Resistance Against the Land Grab: Defensoras and Embodied Precarity in Latin America  9. Gender in Extractive Industry: Toward a Feminist Critical Resource Geography of Mining and Hydrocarbons  10.The Plantation Town: Race, Resources, and the Making of Place  11. Materializing Space, Constructing Belonging: Toward a Critical-Geographical Understanding of Resource Nationalism  12. Resources in a World of Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers: Dividing, Circumscribing, Confining  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)  14. The Social Production of Resources: A Marxist Approach  15. World-Systems Theory, Nature, and Resources  16. The Corporation and Resource Geography  SECTION III Doing Critical Resource Geography: Methods, Advocacy, and Teaching  17. Life with Oil Palm: Incorporating Ethnographic Sensibilities in Critical Resource Geography  18. Institutional Ethnography: A Feminist Methodological Approach to Studying Institutions of Resource Governance  19. Critical Physical Geography: In Pursuit of Integrative and Transformative Approaches to Resource Dynamics  20. Praxis in Resource Geography: Tensions Between Engagement and Critique in the (Un)Making of Ecosystem Services  21. Negotiating the Mine: Commitments, Engagements, Contradictions  22. Intergenerational Equity and the Geographical Ebb and Flow of Resources: The Time and Space of Natural Capital Accounting  23. Research as Action and Performance: Learning with Activists in Resource Conflicts  24. Engaged Research with Smallholders and Palm Oil Firms: Relational and Feminist Insights from the Field  25. Renewable Energy Landscapes and Community Engagements: The Role of Critical Resource Geographers Beyond Academia  26. Learning about Coal Frontiers: From the Mountains of Appalachia to the Streets of South Baltimore  27. Teaching Critical Resource Geography: Integrating Research into the Classroom  SECTION IV  Resource Making/World Making  28.  Soy, Domestication, and Colonialism  29. From Gold to Rosewood: Agrarian Change, High-Value Resources, and the Flexible Frontier-Makers of the Twenty-First Century  30. Conservation and the Production of Wildlife as Resource  31. Anadromous Frontiers: Reframing Citizenship in Extractive Regions. The Salmon Industry in Los Lagos, Chile  32. Extracting Fish  33. Human Tissue Economies: Making Biological Resources  34. Making, and Remaking, a World of Carbon: Uneven Geographies of Carbon Sequestration  35. World-Making and the Deep Seabed: Mining the Area Beyond National Jurisdiction  36. World-Making Through Mapping: Large Scale Marine Protected Areas and the Transformation of the Global Ocean  37. Mapping Resources: Mapping as Method for Critical Resource Geographies

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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.