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Environmental injustice and post-colonial environmentalism: opencast coal mining, landscape and place

Milbourne, Paul ORCID: and Mason, Kelvin 2017. Environmental injustice and post-colonial environmentalism: opencast coal mining, landscape and place. Environment and Planning A 49 (1) , pp. 29-46. 10.1177/0308518X16665843

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In this article we use a case study of opencast coal mining in the southern valleys of Wales to explore the ordinary and everyday spatialities of environmental injustice. Responding to recent geographical critiques of environmental justice research and engaging with post-colonial studies of landscape and environment, we provide an account of environmental injustice that emphasises competing geographical imaginaries of landscape and ‘ordinary political injustices’ within everyday spaces. We begin with a discussion of how historical environmental injustices in Wales have been framed within nationalist politics as a form of colonial exploitation of the country’s natural resources. We then make use of materials from recent research on opencast mining in South Wales to examine local understandings of and everyday encounters with mining, highlighting contradictory discourses of opencast mining, landscape and place, and the injustices associated with mining developments in this region

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postcolonialism, opencast coalmining, environmental justice, Wales
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0308-518X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 August 2016
Date of Acceptance: 18 July 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 23:41

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