Chapter 2: The State, mining, development and sustainability: pro-mining discourses
There are a variety of discourses on mining, development, sustainability and the role of the State that have crystallized since the early 1970s. Discourses reflect how we understand the world, but also reconstitute that world, reproducing perceptions of persons, social relations, action and interaction and our grasp of the material world in a particular way. This chapter presents the emergence and key claims of four ‘pro-mining’ discourses: the sustainable mineral development consensus; responsible mining; neoextractivism; and critical and strategic minerals. Pro-mining discourses assume a robust, positive connection between progress, development, economic growth and the promotion of the mineral extractives industry. International financial institutions, the mining industry and States themselves have defined varying roles for the State to promote a developmental and sustainable mining industry. Pro-mining discourses acknowledge a protective role for the State, but tend to underplay mining’s social and environmental impacts.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.