Contested Extractivism, Society and the State

Struggles over Mining and Land

  • Bettina Engels
  • Kristina Dietz

Part of the Development, Justice and Citizenship book series (SIID)

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About this book


This book empirically discusses recent struggles over land and mining, exploring state-society relations conflicts on various scales. In contrast with the existing literature, analyses in this volume deliberately focus on large-scale land use changes both in relation to the expansion of industrial mining and to agro-industry. The authors contend that there are significant parallels between contestations over different variants of resource extractivism, as they reflect the same global trends and processes. Chapters draw on critical theoretical approaches from political ecology, political economy, spatial theory, contentious politics, and the study of democracy. The authors not only provide empirical insights on actual resource struggles from different world regions based on in-depth field research, but also contribute to theory-building by linking concepts from various critical approaches to one another, developing a perspective for analysing struggles over resources related to current global crisis phenomena.


Spatial theory Rentier society Venezuela Ghana Exploitation Mining Gold-mining Philippines Colombia Burkina Faso Peasant movements Argentina Brazil Oil palm expansion Environmental Justice Market-driven land reform Malawi Political economy Political ecology Democracy

Editors and affiliations

  • Bettina Engels
    • 1
  • Kristina Dietz
    • 2
  1. 1.Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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