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Communities, culture and commodification: Mongolia's new resource politics

journal contribution
posted on 21.07.2015, 16:06 by Caroline Upton
Mongolia’s new resource politics, central to the country’s geopolitical considerations and ambitions in the twenty-first century, must be understood in relation to their complex, multiscalar socio-cultural, historical and environmental dimensions. This paper draws on the author’s participatory research activities with key informants in Ulaanbaatar and amongst rural herding communities to illuminate key aspects, contexts and implications of the new resource politics. Specifically, the paper presents an empirically informed analysis of pertinent social and institutional forms, environmental and cultural values and aspects of resource governance, with particular reference to land issues, pastoralism, mining and resistance. Conceptually, it draws on recent work, especially in geography and political ecology, on activism, conservation and particularly on emerging discourses and framings of natural resources as ‘ecosystem services’. Through attention to these concepts, it highlights contested dimensions of environmental values and valuation, of critical contemporary importance in Mongolia’s new resource politics.

History

Citation

Inner Asia, 2014, 16 (2), pp. 252-274 (22)

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Geography/Human Geography

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Inner Asia

Publisher

Brill Academic Publishers

issn

1464-8172

Copyright date

1163

Available date

21/07/2015

Publisher version

http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/22105018-12340018

Language

en