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Proximity, Responsibility and Temporality at Resource Frontiers

Corporate-Community Relations in the Colombian Mining Sector

Laura Knöpfel

Thursday morning, in the community relations office of the coal mining corporation Prodeco Group (Prodeco) in La Jagua de Ibirico, a municipality in El Cesar, Northern Colombia, Linda, an official of the corporation's Social Relations team, was

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War on the horizon

Infrastructural vulnerability in frontline communities of the Donbas

Anastasiya Ryabchuk

an industrial net- work, centered on coal mining and heavy industry. Donbas was responsible for 16 percent of the gross domestic product and 25 percent of Ukrainian exports, so war had significant consequences not just for the immediate region but for

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An Analysis of Social Capital Generation among Coalfield Residents in Harlan County, Kentucky

Feng Hao

The coal industry exercises a pervasive influence upon mining communities in Appalachia even though it makes minimal contributions to employment. Miners rarely participate in movements that fight against coal companies for better working conditions. One explanation for this paradox is the depletion of social capital. In this article, I first use the existing body of literature to build a theoretical framework for discussing bonding social capital. Second, I analyze how the United Mine Workers of America in Harlan County, Kentucky at the beginning of the twentieth century worked to generate social capital. The results show that these coalfield residents demonstrated a high degree of social capital in terms of a strong shared sense of reliability and a dedication to collective activities and intimate networks. The union during that period engaged in strategies that were instrumental in creating this high level of social capital: holding regular meetings, organizing collective actions, promoting collective identity, and electing charismatic leaders.

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Vantage Points

Essays, Definitions, Questions, Dialogues, Assertions

Adrian Ivakhiv, Alevtina Kakhidze, Sigrid Gareis, Jay Pather, Charulatha Mani, Elad Lapidot, Can Dündar, Andi Teichmann, and Sandeep Bhagwati

Alevtyna Kakhidze (Ukraine) 2022. Based in Muzychi, Ukraine, twenty-six kilometers from Kyiv, she grew up in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, known for coal mining, and has experienced Ukraine's abrupt and chaotic changes from the days of the USSR to the

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Returning to Nature

Post-carbon Utopias in Svalbard, Norway

Cecilie Vindal Ødegaard

the project in Svea, this article discusses narratives of transition by exploring the dismantling and ‘returning’ as a striking dramatization of coal mining's termination in the archipelago. In so doing, I emphasize the dismantling as a social drama of

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Multi-Layered Reflexivity in Participative Research on Mining in Indonesia

Positionality, Preconceptions and Roles

Kristina Großmann

Kalimantan, Indonesia, has about 700 inhabitants, and is surrounded by large-scale coal mining. This area is the new frontier for coal extraction in Indonesia, with vast coal fields yet to be exploited in the course of an ongoing mega-mining project

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Blaming in the Boom and Bust

Greed Accusations in an Australian Coal Mining Town

Kari Dahlgren

began buying investment properties in the coal mining town of Moranbah, getting in just at the beginning of the mining boom, and was so successful at first that she and her husband were named 2012's Australian Property Investors of the Year. However

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Symbolizing Destruction

Environmental Activism, Moral Shocks, and the Coal Industry

Alison E. Adams, Thomas E. Shriver, and Landen Longest

years of Communist rule in Czechoslovakia (1948–1989), the North Bohemian region became one of the most polluted areas in the world, due in large part to decades of opencast coal mining. By the time of the revolution in 1989, pollution and ecological

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When the Exit?

The Difficult Politics of German Coal

Tessa Coggio and Thane Gustafson

.s. $45.7 billion) in compensation to the coal-mining regions affected by the phase-out. Yet, the battle over coal is not over. The challenge now is implementation. Can Germany successfully transition away from coal while containing increases in power

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What has Dheisheh to do with Doncaster?

Paul FitzPatrick

temporary place of refuge following the Nakba. It has expanded over the last 70 years, and, according to UNRWA, is now home to approximately fifteen thousand people. Doncaster is a town that has lost its industrial base in coal mining. Like other towns with