Resource Radicals

From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 at 4:00 pm Zoom

Resource Radicals unpacks the conflict between two leftisms: the administration’s resource nationalism and the antiextractivism of grassroots activists.

In this archival and ethnographic study, Riofrancos demonstrates how Ecuador’s commodity-dependent economy and history of indigenous uprisings offer a unique opportunity to understand development, democracy, and the ecological foundations of global capitalism.

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Thea Riofrancos is an assistant professor of political science at Providence College, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (2020-2022), and a Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2020-2021). Her research focuses on resource extraction, renewable energy, climate change, green technology, social movements, and the left in Latin America. These themes are explored in her book, Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador (Duke University Press, 2020) and her co-authored book, A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal (Verso Books, 2019). She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and serves on the steering committee of the organization’s Ecosocialist Working Group.

This event is co-sponsored by Extractives@Clark and A new Earth conversation.

Watch the recorded talk here.

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