Icelandic Resource Landscapes and the State: Experiments in Energy, Capital, and Aluminium

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This paper offers an ethnographic perspective on the relationship between resource landscapes and the state in Iceland during a period of financial experimentation. In particular, it analyses a shift from the production of thermal water for local use to the production of electricity for the global aluminium market. This shift, the paper argues, is not merely a technocratic exercise in further resource extraction, it also indexes some of the tenuous connections between resource making and state making. The paper ends by offering a perspective on the recursive relationship between resource instabilities and instabilities within the state.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer3
TidsskriftAnthropological Journal of European Cultures
Vol/bind29
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)20-41
Antal sider22
ISSN1755-2923
DOI
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2020

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