Oro blanco: assembling extractivism in the lithium triangle

Soto Hernandez, Daniela and Newell, Peter (2022) Oro blanco: assembling extractivism in the lithium triangle. Journal of Peasant Studies. ISSN 0306-6150 (Accepted)

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Abstract

As the drive for global electrification proceeds apace to wean the world off fossil fuels in order to address the climate emergency, new pressures are placed on agrarian environments and peoples in areas abundant in key minerals for electric batteries. The so-called Lithium triangle between Chile, Argentina and Bolivia is one of those places. We develop an account of the ‘assemblages of extractivism’ at work in this zone that operate at a material, institutional and discursive level. It draws on fieldwork from the region and is conceptualised using different strands of political ecology and political economy to understand how the construction of a commodity, the materiality of lithium and the role of the state intersect with and negotiate diverse local understandings and engagements with this latest form of ‘renewable extractivism’.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: lithium, extractivism, political economy, political ecology
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Global Political Economy
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 17 May 2022 06:53
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 07:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/105936

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