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A Different Story of Coal: The Power of Power in Northeast India
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2016 (English)In: Industrialising Rural India: Land, policy and resistance / [ed] Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Patrik Oskarsson, Routledge, 2016, 107-122 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter points to the critical role energy and energy infrastructures plays in modern societies. It is argued that the ways in which different sources of energy are extracted, produced, refined, transported and consumed enable or produce certain social arrangements and eventually condition the very structure of society. Power, in other words, is loaded with power. Here I am interested in coal and then the small-scale, unregulated coal mining that takes place on indigenous lands in Northeast India. The story told revolves around the intervention by the National Green Tribunal putting a ban on what is termed as “un-scientific mining”. While this intervention is highly condemned by certain local actors, there are also those that hope this eventually will break the spell of coal.   

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Routledge, 2016. 107-122 p.
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coal, industrialisation, power, shadow economy, India
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Social Anthropology
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138556ISBN: 9781138936713 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138556DiVA: diva2:1067704
Available from: 2017-01-23 Created: 2017-01-23 Last updated: 2017-01-23Bibliographically approved

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