Gold Mining & Agrarian Transformation

June 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Room 280N York Lanes, Keele Campus, York University

A free public lecture by Nancy Lee Peluso (UC-Berkeley). She is a longtime contributor to political ecology, the critical approach to the study of socio-ecological transformations and their politics across scales.

Her work has influenced studies of the relationships between violence and environmental change, including how violence shapes resource access and agrarian change, how nature conservation legitimizes violent dispossessions, and how violence is integral to the constitution of political forests.

Her work examines the social processes that affect the management of land-based resources, using ethnographic, historical, and other broadly sociological research methods. Her work explores various dimensions of resource access, use, and control, while comparing and contrasting local, national, and international influences on management structures and processes. She grounds her analysis of contemporary resource management policy and practice in local and regional histories.

She is particularly interested in how social difference – ethnic identity, class, gender – affects resource access and control. How do government and non-government institutions and actors define, make claims upon, contest, and attempt to manage natural resources?

Nancy is the Henry J. Vaux Distinguised Professor of Forest Policy, and Professor of Society and Environment (University of California, Berkeley).

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This event is presented by York Geography, with the support of the York Centre for Asian Research and the Asian Institute at U of T.

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