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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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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

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

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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.