From extractivism to global extractivism: the evolution of an organizing concept

Christopher W. Chagnon, Francesco Durante, Barry K. Gills, Sophia E. Hagolani-Albov, Sanna Hokkanen, Sohvi M. J. Kangasluoma, Heidi Konttinen, Markus Kröger, William LaFleur, Ossi Ollinaho, Marketta P. S. Vuola

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Research on extractivism has rapidly proliferated, expanding into new empirical and conceptual spaces. We examine the origins, evolution, and conceptual expansion of the concept. Extractivism is useful to analyze resource extraction practices around the world. ‘Global Extractivism’ is a new conceptual tool for assessing global phenomena. We situate extractivism within an ensemble of concepts, and explore its relation to development, the state, and value. Extractivism as an organizing concept addresses many fields of research. Extractivism forms a complex of self-reinforcing practices, mentalities, and power differentials underwriting and rationalizing socio-ecologically destructive modes of organizing life-through subjugation, depletion, and non-reciprocity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-34
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 May 2022
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Extractivism
  • global crises
  • global extractivism
  • political ontology
  • resource frontiers
  • resource politics

Field of science

  • Political science


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