The Arctic mineral resource rush and the ontological struggle for the Viiankiaapa peatland in Sodankylä, Finland

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Lassila , M 2021 , ' The Arctic mineral resource rush and the ontological struggle for the Viiankiaapa peatland in Sodankylä, Finland ' , Globalizations , vol. 18 , no. 4 , pp. 635-649 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2020.1831818

Title: The Arctic mineral resource rush and the ontological struggle for the Viiankiaapa peatland in Sodankylä, Finland
Author: Lassila, Maija
Contributor organization: Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Globalizations
ISSN: 1474-7731
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2020.1831818
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/339972
Abstract: The Nordic states and the Arctic have recently received increasing attention as a consequence of the rush to excavate newly discovered mineral resources in the Global North. Local land struggles related to the expansion of the extractive industry need to be assessed and constitute the focus of the present article. I examine the deeper levels of conflict between the mineral resource rush and local people. I highlight local people's plural ways of being in relation to the land through an ethnographic exploration of a pivotal mining project in Arctic Finland being resisted by Finns, who live in a pro-mining municipality. These people experience a threat to the continuation of their lifeworlds when large-scale extraction enters their territories. However, achieving legitimacy for their lifeworlds has been difficult. The article suggests that a key reason for this lack of legitimacy is the dominant 'one' world ontology and its 'nature' knowledge practices.
Subject: 5203 Global Development Studies
Extractivism
Arctic
mining
resistance
participation and power
ontologies
MINING CONFLICT
REFLECTIONS
EXTRACTION
RIGHTS
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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