Extracting Home in the Oil Sands: Settler Colonialism and Environmental Change in Subarctic Canada

1st Edition

Clinton N. Westman, Tara L. Joly, Lena Gross

Routledge
December 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815356653 - CAT# K346467
Series: Arctic Worlds

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Summary

The Canadian oil sands are one of the world’s most important energy sources and the subject of global attention in relation to climate change and pollution. This volume engages ethnographically with key issues concerning the oil sands by working from anthropological literature and beyond to explore how people struggle to make and hold on to diverse senses of home in the region. The contributors draw on diverse fieldwork experiences with communities in Alberta that are affected by the oil sands industry. Through a series of case studies, they illuminate the complexities inherent in the entanglements of race, class, indigeneity, gender, and ontological concerns in a regional context characterized by extreme extraction. The chapters are unified in a common concern for ethnographically theorizing settler colonialism, sentient landscapes, and multi-species relations within a critical political ecology framework, and by the prominent role that extractive industries play in shaping new relations between Indigenous Peoples, the state, newcomers, corporations, plants, animals, and the land.

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