GRITE conference

Extractive peasants: Reframing debates on mining
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
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Guest speaker :

Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Senior Fellow, Resource Development & Environment Program

Crawford School of Public Policy

The Australian National University


This presentation focuses onextractive regimes and practices of the poor,commonly known as informal, artisanal and small-scale mining, and shows the roles that mineral resources play in the livelihoods of millions of poor who live on the resource-rich tracts of less affluent countries. Drawing on empirical evidence gathered through extensive fieldwork in Asia, it shows how the analytical frameworkof ‘extractive peasants’ can robustly illuminate some aspects of mineral resource extraction in these countries ‘differently’, outside the standard textbook type resource-related theorisations that were developed with industrialised mining in mind. Such a consideration allows us to see the diverse and hybrid worlds of mining that are generally hidden from the public view, constituting a part of, and extension of mining into, the complex informal sector where every day the peasants are being transformed into precarious workers. When linked with recent re-evaluations of classical understandings of agrarian transition and rural change, the peasant lives in mineral extractive regimes widen the scope of our understandings of political, social and economic processes associated with resource extraction.


Organized by the Interdisciplinary Group on Territories of Extractivism (GRITE) and the Human Rights Research & Education Centre (HRREC)