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The Afterlives of Extraction

Alternatives and Sustainable Futures
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ISBN 978-2-940600-49-6

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Guest-Editors: Filipe Calvão (IHEID, Geneva), Matthew Archer (University of York) and Asanda Benya (University of Cape Town).

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 this, the second of these two volumes, 22 authors using different conceptual approaches and in different empirical contexts demonstrate the alarming obduracy of the logic of extractivism, even—and perhaps especially—amid growing support for the so-called green transition. The contributors 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, environmental sustainability, democratic governance and the well-being of both humans and non-humans. They also caution against the assumption that anti-extraction is anti-extractivist and that post-extraction is post-extractivism, and critically attune us to the systemic nature of extractivism in ways that both connect and transcend any particular site or scale.

Cite this volume:  Calvão, Filipe, Matthew Archer and Asanda Benya (eds.) (2023) The Afterlives of Extraction. Alternatives and Sustainable Futures, International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement, 16 (Geneva, Boston: Graduate Institute Publications, Brill-Nijhoff). DOI: 10.4000/poldev.5440

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