Release | Two volumes on life and afterlife of extraction
Edited by Filipe Calvão, Matthew Archer and Asanda Benya
The Lives of Extraction: Identities, Communities and the Politics of Place – International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement. No 15 (Graduate Institute Publications, Brill-Nijhoff), 2023. Online in open access and in print.
The Afterlives of Extraction: Alternatives and Sustainable Futures – International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement. No 16 (Graduate Institute Publications, Brill-Nijhoff), 2023. Online in open access and in print.
The frontiers of extraction are expanding rapidly, driven by a growing demand for minerals and metals that is often motivated by sustainability considerations. Two volumes of International Development Policy are dedicated to the paradoxes and futures of green extractivism, with analyses of experiences from five continents.
In the first volume, 16 authors offer a critical and nuanced understanding of the social, cultural and political dimensions of extraction. These dimensions are crucial to making extraction possible and to sustaining its expansion, but also to identifying opportunities for resistance, and to paving the way for alternative, post-extractive economies.
In the second one, 22 authors demonstrate the alarming obduracy of the logic of extractivism, even – and perhaps especially – in the growing support for the so-called green transition. The authors highlight the complex and enduring legacies of resource extraction and the urgent need to move beyond extractive models of development towards alternative pathways that prioritise social justice and democracy, the environment, and the well-being of both humans and non-humans.