States of Extraction

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Political Science
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Amherst College

[IL, SC] The global energy boom has increased states’ dependency on commodities across the Americas. States are putting entire territories up for sale in an effort to turn nature into "quick cash." In Latin America, governments have expanded the extractive frontier, mining the Peruvian highlands and drilling the Amazon for oil without prior consultation and despite widespread opposition. Far from reversing historical dependencies, governments on the political Left have exacerbated this commodification of nature. This class explores states of extraction and offers an activist approach to political ecology in the Americas. We analyze water politics, extractive practices from Brazil to Canada, and Indigenous resistance like Bagua and Standing Rock. The course engages theoretical tools and comparative perspectives to grasp current debates in political ecology. It also seeks to foster a critical inquiry to bridge lasting divides between academia and activism.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Picq.

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Course Sections

States of Extraction
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Manuela Picq TH 02:30PM-05:00PM OCTA 200