Edited by Shannon O’Lear
Chapter 10: Digging deep: crossing scale in the Georgian mining industry
Extractive industries are profoundly political, unevenly shaping lives through diverse socio-material forces operating across a variety of scales. Yet mainstream geopolitical and geoeconomic analyses of the region’s mining practices often remain rooted in limited perspectives that privilege singular scalar foci over others. In this chapter I present a brief analysis of the gold and copper mining industry in the Republic of Georgia as one example of how we may recognize selective geographies and geopolitical claims in this and other areas of environmental geopolitics research. I do so by focusing on environmental geopolitical practices in the Georgian metal-mining industry, both material and discursive. Doing so unravels the relationship between geopolitical scriptings and other extractive practices they narrate, demonstrating how actors’ scalar imaginations prove crucial to politicizing extractive industries.
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