By Paula Butler
Challenging Canada’s picture as a humane, enlightened worldwide actor, Colonial Extractions examines the troubling racial good judgment that underpins Canadian mining operations in different African international locations. Drawing on colonial, postcolonial, and demanding race idea, Paula Butler investigates Canadian mining actions and the discourses which serve to valid this work.
Through a sequence of interviews with senior team of workers of companies with mining operations in Africa, Butler identifies a continuation of an identical colonialist frame of mind that observed source possession and racial dominance over Indigenous peoples in Canada as a part of Canada’s nation-building venture. Financially, culturally, and psychologically, Canadians are invested in extracting resource-based wealth within the international South, and – as Butler’s research of Canada’s effect over South Africa’s first post-apartheid mining laws indicates – they give the impression of being to legitimize that extraction via neoliberal criminal frameworks and a strong nationwide fantasy of benevolence.
Complementing analyses of the via political economic climate or severe improvement experiences, Colonial Extractions is a robust and unsettling critique of the cultural measurement of Canada’s mining overseas.
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