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The Violent Technologies of Extraction

Political ecology, critical agrarian studies and the capitalist worldeater

Authors: Dunlap, Alexander, Jakobsen, Jostein

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  • Introduces a radical new view on natural resource extraction
  • Provides suggestions on how to address the issue of total extractivism
  • Offers a timely review of the new and emerging frontiers in political ecology and critical agrarian studies
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About this book

Offering a thought provoking theoretical conversation around ecological crisis and natural resource extraction, this book suggests that we are on a trajectory geared towards total extractivism guided by the mythological Worldeater. The authors discuss why and how we have come to live in this catastrophic predicament, rooting the present in an original perspective that animates the forces of global techno-capitalist development. They argue that the Worldeater helps us make sense of the insatiable forces that transform, convert and consume the world. The book combines this unique approach with detailed academic review of critical agrarian studies and political ecology, the militarization of nature and the conventional and ‘green’ extraction nexus. It seeks radical reflection on the role people play in the construction and perpetuation of these crises, and concludes with some suggestions on how to tackle them.

About the authors

Alexander Dunlap is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway. His work has critically examined police-military transformations, market-based conservation, wind energy development and extractive projects more generally in both Latin America and Europe.
Jostein Jakobsen is a doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway. His research focuses on agrarian change in India, food regime analysis, meatification, and the Naxalite movement in India, set within broad interests in political ecology and critical agrarian studies.
 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Consuming Everything—Capitalism and the Imperative of Total Extractivism

    Pages 1-12

    Dunlap, Alexander (et al.)

  • The Spirit and Metaphysical Form of Capitalism: Devils, Worms, Octopuses and Worldeater(s)

    Pages 13-41

    Dunlap, Alexander (et al.)

  • Studying the Worldeater(s): Political Ecology and Critical Agrarian Studies and Their Origins, Differences and Convergence

    Pages 43-72

    Dunlap, Alexander (et al.)

  • Claws & Teeth: The Militarization of Nature

    Pages 73-90

    Dunlap, Alexander (et al.)

  • The Worldeater(s) in Process: Uncovering the Nexus of Conventional and ‘Green’ Extraction

    Pages 91-118

    Dunlap, Alexander (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-26852-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-26851-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Violent Technologies of Extraction
Book Subtitle
Political ecology, critical agrarian studies and the capitalist worldeater
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26852-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26852-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26851-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 164
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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