Book launch: The Politics of Precarity: Spaces of Extractivism, Violence, and Suffering

Book launch advertisement about Gediminas Lesutis's new book.

 

This EXALT book launch event on March 17th at 16-17 (UTC+2) on Zoom focuses on Gediminas Lesutis’s recently published book The Politics of Precarity: Spaces of Extractivism, Violence, and Suffering  (Routledge) that explores how intensifying geographies of extractive capitalism shape vulnerable lives and (im)possibilities of transformative politics in historically marginalised areas of the global economy.

Engaging critical theory on space, precarity, and resistance with ethnographic research on destructive real-life impacts of dispossession in the epicentre of the extractive boom in contemporary Mozambique, The Politics of Precarity theorises precarity as a configuration of space, violence, and politics. Going beyond labour relations, or governance of life in liberal democracies, that are typically explored in literatures on precarity, the book shows how people dispossessed by natural resource extraction are subjected to structural, symbolic, and direct modalities of violence; this, Lesutis argues, simultaneously constitutes their suffering and ceaseless desire, however implausible, to be included into abstract space of extractivism as the sole pathway to a “better life”.

Reflecting on these dynamics of everyday life in the epicentre of extractivism, The Politics of Precarity urges the reader to think critically about how, despite the multifarious violence that it engenders, extractive capital accumulation is sustained even in the margins, historically excluded from contingently lived imaginaries of a "good life" or “development” promised by capitalism.

Two discussants – Jennifer Fluri and Saska Petrova – will reflect on the book’s contributions to understanding the complex politics of violence and precarity endemic to extractivism and contemporary capitalist development, as well as possibilities of politicization. After interventions from each of these scholars and an exchange with the author, the floor will then open for a facilitated Q&A session with the attendants.

Speakers:

  • Author - Gediminas Lesutis, Marie Curie Fellow in Geography, University of Amsterdam
  • Discussant - Jennifer Fluri, Professor of Human Geography, University of Colorado
  • Discussant - Saska Petrova, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Manchester

Registration for this event ended on March 15, 2022. A link to the Zoom space has been sent to all registered participants via the e-mail used to register. If you feel you registered and did not receive the link, please check your other folders (i.e. junk) and if you still cannot find it, please e-mail us at exalt@helsinki.fi. Thank you!