Resource Extraction and Contentious States

Mining and the Politics of Scale in the Pacific Islands

Authors: Allen, Matthew G.

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  • Considers key links between extractive industries, political violence and state formation
  • Offers a cross disciplinary study of natural resource conflict in the Global South
  • Provides a cutting edge policy oriented perspective on socio-spatial relations at the heart of enclave economies
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This Pivot offers a comprehensive cross-country study of the effects of large-scale resource extraction in Asia Pacific, considering how large-scale extractive industries engender contentious social, political and economic questions. Addressing the strong association in Melanesia between extractive resource industries and a spectrum of violence ranging from interpersonal to collective forms, it questions whether islands are particularly potent spaces for the contentious politics that attend enclave economies. The book brings island studies literature into a closer conversation with political and economic geography, demonstrating that islands provide rich spaces for the investigation of the socio-spatial relations at the heart of human geography’s theoretical cannon. The book also has a real-world policy edge, as the sustained and growing dominance of extractive industries, in concert with the highly contentious politics that they engender, places them at the centre of efforts to understand state formation, political reordering and the on-going negotiation of political settlements of various types throughout post-colonial Melanesia. It considers how extractive resource industries can shape processes of state formation, shedding new light on Melanesia’s resource curse.

About the authors

Matthew G. Allen is Professor of Development Studies at the University of the South Pacific. He is a human geographer with over twenty years experience working in the Melanesian Pacific, and has previously held a number of academic appointments at the Australian National University. 

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“A brilliant political ecology of the violent world of Melanesian extractive economies. Matthew Allen's superb ethnography exposes how the contentious politics of mining operates across multiple scales producing in turn complex and unstable governable spaces.” (Michael J Watts, “Class of 1963” Emeritus Professor of Geography and Development Studies, The University of California, Berkeley, USA)

“A fascinating and innovative critical political geography of the intersections of mining, culture and violence in two significant resource frontiers.” (John Connell, Professor of Geography, University of Sydney, Australia)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Allen, Matthew G.

    Pages 1-28

  • Panguna and the Bougainville Crisis

    Allen, Matthew G.

    Pages 29-50

  • Reopening Panguna

    Allen, Matthew G.

    Pages 51-79

  • The Solomon Islands “Tension”

    Allen, Matthew G.

    Pages 81-103

  • Mining in Contemporary Solomon Islands

    Allen, Matthew G.

    Pages 105-126

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Resource Extraction and Contentious States
Book Subtitle
Mining and the Politics of Scale in the Pacific Islands
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-8120-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-8120-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-8119-4
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-4068-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 148
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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