Topics in Anthropology: Sustainability in Extractive Communities


This course offers an in-depth exploration of the meaning and practice of sustainability in extractive communities, with a particular focus on understanding the anthropological perspective on; (1) the complexity and shifting concepts of sustainability and (2) the social ties of extraction, all of which significantly influence sustainability practices in extractive communities. Our discussions will focus on extractive communities - the people living in frontline and surrounding towns where mineral resources are extracted. These communities' environmental, economic, and social well-being is inextricably linked to mineral extraction and utilization, despite the adverse effects of such exploitative endeavors. By thoroughly examining elements of identity, power, and the unspoken promises of extraction, students will gain a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved in extractive communities' pursuit of sustainability.
Course Attributes: EN S; BU Hum; BU Eth; AS SSC; FA SSC; AR SSC

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Topics in Anthropology: Sustainability in Extractive Communities
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