This chapter examines the relation of social order and political economy through the concept of resource as the language of becoming. In the political and economic entanglement around the Arctic river of Kemijoki in northernmost Finland, the discourse is tied equally to potential risk and profitability. A major hydro-energy project plan, hatched in the 1970s, is still alive after being disrupted and reshaped to the current moment. It has been dressed either as a major regional development project or as a final act on flood risk management to guarantee a socially sustainable future in the area. This continuous tension leads to a fatalistic view that the discord will eventually stop when the water reservoir is built, even if the odds are against it. What I argue is that the untied potentiality of a resource emerges as a risk for the social order. The state of affairs is abstracted into metaphors, the bow of Heraclitus and the thread of life. They tie down an arrangement of two opposites that give the managed entity an identity while risking its being. This narrow line in between plenty and ruin is where the social sustainability is measured, and biopolitical power materializes as management of social resources.
|Title of host publication||Resources, Social and Cultural Sustainabilities in the Arctic|
|Editors||Monica Tennberg, Hanna Lempinen, Susanna Pirnes|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|MoEC publication type||A3 Part of a book or another research book|
|Series|| Routledge Research in Polar Regions|