- Publisher: Zed Books
- ISBN: 9781780329925
- Price: $38.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Apr 2014
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 304
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A Post-Neoliberal Development Model or Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century?
In a primary commodities boom spurred on by the rise of China, countries the world over are turning to the extraction of natural resources and export of primary commodities as an antidote to the global recession. The New Extractivism addresses a fundamental dilemma faced by these governments: to pursue, or not, a development strategy based on resource extraction in the face of immense social and environmental costs, not to mention mass resistance from the people negatively affected by it?
With fresh insight and analysis from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia and Mexico, this book looks at the political dynamics of capitalist development in a region where the neoliberal model is collapsing under the weight of a resistance movement lead by peasant farmers and indigenous communities. It calls for us to understand the new extractivism not as a viable development model for the post-neoliberal world, but rather, the dangerous emergence of a new form of imperialism.
1. A new model or extractive imperialism?
2. Argentina: Extractivist dynamics of soya production and open pit mining–Norma Giarracca and Miguel Teubal
3. Bolivia: Between voluntarist developmentalism and pragmatic extractivism–Henry Veltmeyer
4. Colombia: The mining boom: A catalyst of development or resistance?–Kyla Sankey
5. Ecuador: Extractive capital and postneoliberalism–Verónica Albuja and Pablo Dávalos
6. Mexico: The political ecology of mining–Darcy Tetreault
7. Peru: Extractive capital and social resistance–Jan Lust
8. Theses on extractive imperialism and the post-neoliberal state
About the Authors
James Petras is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the State University of New York. He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.
He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Henry Veltmeyer lived and worked for six years in south America before coming to Canada to pursue a doctoral program in Political Science and subsequently (in 1976) beginning his academic career in the Sociology Department at St. Mary’s University. He has participated in the university’s Atlantic Canada Studies program and founded the program in International development in 1985. He also served for eight years as Coordinator of this program in addition to eight years as chair of the Sociology Department. Currently he has an academic appointment in the PhD program of Development Studies at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico and annually engages in an extended program of research and public lectures across Latin America.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of International Development Studies and serves on the editorial board of Studies in Political Economy and a number of international journals in his major field of research-the political economy of international development.
Dr. Veltmeyer conducts research, writes and teaches about diverse issues related to the political economy and sociology of development, with a particular focus on issues of Latin American development, globalization processes, government policies, alternative models and approaches and social movements. Since 2000 he has authored/co-authored and edited 13 books and 25 scholarly refereed articles that have been published in Canada, the US, the UK, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador. Several of these books, written in English or Spanish, have received awards and have been translated into other languages – among them Portuguese, Italian, Tugalese and German.
In addition to these scholarly books, several of which have achieved international recog-nition and/or special awards and distinctions, 25 of Dr. Veltmeyer’s scholarly articles since 2000 have been published in some of the most prestigious academic journals in his field or by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Places of publication include Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, the Netherlands and Switzerland.