Planetary Mine: Territories of Extraction under Late Capitalism
Martín Arboleda is based at the School of Sociology of Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile. His research builds upon the fields of urban studies, critical theory, and the political economy of global capitalism. He is the author of the book Planetary Mine: Territories of Extraction under Late Capitalism (Verso, 2020), as well as of several scholarly articles on the political economy of urbanization and of natural resource extraction. These publications have been aimed at broadening the level of analysis of extractive processes beyond primary commodity production narrowly considered, revealing the role that circuits of finance, logistics, and labor, among others, perform in the political economy of natural resources across various spatial scales.
Patriarchy and Accumulation at a World Scale reveals the various connections and interdependencies that exist between the various forms of work (wage and non-wage) that have been divided by the sexual and international divisions of labor. It speaks to the multiple interdependencies that global extractivism has also engendered today, especially under the aegis of the logistics revolution.
Stephen Bunker and Paul Ciccantell
Bunker and Ciccantell’s book is a major contribution to world-systems analysis because it expounds the role that natural resources have performed in four systemic cycles of accumulation across the longue-durée of the capitalist world economy. It looks at major industrial revolutions in order to lay bare their foundations in the extraction, transport and consumption of various raw materials (timber, silver, guano, iron, and copper, among others).
This book rethinks Marx’s critique of political economy through the notions of alienation and alien objectivity. Published in 1993, it foreshadowed the more-than-human forms of power and causation that would emerge in the onset of a post-globalization context of advanced automation and computerization.