Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists
Primary Theme: Resilience
Secondary Theme: Inequality
There is now a large body of literature on extractive industries such as mining and petroleum, their impact on local people, and local contestation and resistance to their activities. Less studied, however, are the large-scale social changes which accompany resource extraction but which are not directly and consciously caused by it. Also understudied are how the players in extractive encounters deal with sudden unexpected changes such as natural disasters, rapid shifts in global markets, and other seemingly random events. These papers address the indirect and unanticipated changes encountered by actors in extractive encounters. We consider extraction broadly to include a wide variety of social processes and extractive encounters.