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Living on a Time Bomb: Local Negotiations of Oil Extraction in a Mexican Community

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Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology

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Living on a Time Bomb

Local Negotiations of Oil Extraction in a Mexican Community

Svenja Schöneich

256 pages, 21 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-656-6 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (October 2022)

eISBN 978-1-80073-657-3 eBook

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Living on a Time Bomb is a thoroughly argued and ethnographically rich case study of a rural Mexican community. It develops a theoretically-compelling concept—the oilscape—and demonstrates how the analysis can help us to understand landscapes of extraction.” • Sam Holley-Kline, Florida State University


Providing a holistic understanding of extensive oil extraction in rural Mexico, this book focuses on a campesino community, where oil extraction is deeply inscribed into the daily lives of the community members. The book shows how oil shapes the space where it is extracted in every aspect and produces multiple uncertainties. The community members express these uncertainties using the metaphor of the time bomb. The book shows how they find ways to "live off the time bomb" by using mechanisms of short-term coping and long-term adaptation and thus, developing the capability to determine their lives despite the ever-changing challenges.

Svenja Schöneich is a research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin.

Subject: Anthropology (General)Environmental Studies (General)
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean


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