Land06
The politics of resistance against unconventional gas exploration

Convenors:
Michiel Köhne (Wageningen University)
Elisabet Rasch (Wageningen University)
Stream:
Landscapes, resources and value
Location:
Old Arts-129 (Theatre B)
Start time:
4 December, 2015 at 11:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

We invite ethnographic research on the politics of resistance against fracking from the communities' point of view, linking it with themes as economic policies, energy battles, social movements and citizenship. We also invite papers that explore a more action-oriented research on this topic.

Long abstract:

This panel explores ideas and practices of community resistance in relation to and against fracking. In many countries around the World governments together with industrial partners promote the extraction of unconventional gas, considering this a way of 'development'. However, although the use of fracking has huge consequences for inhabitants in the area and their livelihood strategies and access to land, they have often not been involved in the decision making processes about whether and where to frack. As the use of fracking has increased, so have environmentalist concerns over dangers of pollution and the postponement of energy transition. In many countries (The Netherlands, England, Australia, the USA, Romania, South Africa, to name a few) citizens have organised against fracking. They build up their arguments around environmental issues, as well as issues of citizenship. Proponents of fracking consider unconventional gas a safe and profitable energy source. Both proponents and opponents make extensive use of different sources and forms of information and knowledge to build up their argument. We invite ethnographic research papers on the politics of resistance against fracking from the point of view of communities. We invite papers that explore this rural development-fracking nexus, linking it with themes as economic policies, energy battles, social movements and citizenship, framing and legitimating discourses, property rights issues and the 'disasterisation' of fracking. We are also interested in papers that explore the role that social scientist can play here. Does this problematic call for more action-oriented research and how can we envision this?