Political Ecologies & Political Geographies of Resource Nationalism

Type: Virtual Paper
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Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 26
Organizers: Alec Brownlow
Chairs: Alec Brownlow


Globally, geopolitical events and mobilities have resulted in nationalism and nationalistic discourse permeating political, economic, and cultural rhetoric at a variety of scales and institutional settings, including the environment and natural resource economies. In their recent publication on the subject, Koch and Perrault (2019) identify resource nationalism as "a geopolitical discourse about sovereignty, the state, and territory, as well as the rights and privileges of citizenship, national identity, and the values a group assigns to [natural] resources." As such, resource nationalism – as a growing and increasingly popular geopolitical discourse – avails itself to examination and critique, perhaps no more so than through political geographical and/or political ecological perspectives. The purpose of this paper session to identify, explore, and begin the process of revealing the political geographies and spatial contingencies and constituencies of resource nationalism through an examination of case studies from the U.S. and around the world.

Koch, N. and T. Perrault. 2019. Resource Nationalism. Progress in Human Geography 43:611-631.


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