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Researching Contentious Politics & Mining Regimes: Comparisons from Latin America & Southeast Asia

Mar 25, 2014, 3pm-5pm

Jewellord Nem Singh
University of Sheffield

The so-called "super cycle" commodity boom and resurgent investments in the global mining, oil and gas industries have had some unintended consequences in the Global South. In many resource-rich countries, national elites are caught up with redistributive conflicts – manifested in terms of class, ethnicity and other social cleavages – in the process of consolidating export-oriented strategies centred on natural resource extraction. This has begun to challenge contemporary academic understandings that view resource conflicts in terms of rent-seeking resource wars, or in binaries between democracy and authoritarianism. Instead, an emerging literature emphasizing demands for citizenship and contentious politics have opened up new research avenues connecting the political economy of resource-led development with emergent political conflicts in mining regimes. In this context, my paper takes stock of these debates on citizenship, contentious politics and mining regimes in the Global South.

Jewellord Nem Singh holds a permanent post as lecturer in development in the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield. He is also a research associate at the Sheffield Institute for International Development. His work has appeared in New Political Economy, Third World Quarterly and Citizenship Studies. He is co-editor of Resource Governance and Developmental States in the Global South: Critical International Political Economy Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and is currently writing his first manuscript, "Resource Developmentalism: Post-neoliberal Experiments in Brazil and Chile". His research interests include global governance, political economy of development, and citizenship and contentious politics in mining regimes.

This is the final event in the first Philippines Studies Lecture Series at York.


Location:956 Kaneff Tower
Sponsor:CERLAC and YCAR
Posted by:York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR)
Web Sitehttp://ycar.apps01.yorku.ca/ai1ec_event/jewellord-nem-singh/?instance_id=81
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