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What to do when the mining company comes to town? Mapping actions of anti-extraction movements in Sweden, 2009–2019
Unit of Political Science, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
Unit of Political Science, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2372-1551
2022 (English)In: Resources policy, ISSN 0301-4207, E-ISSN 1873-7641, Vol. 75, article id 102514Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research on the actions of anti-extraction movements has primarily comprised single-case studies in developing countries. Despite increasing mobilization and policy objectives to increase mineral extraction in the EU, we have little systematic knowledge of forms of resistance in a European setting. This paper exhaustively and comparatively maps anti-extraction movements in Sweden and investigates how movements' actions relate to their socio-political contexts. Sixteen place-specific movements are identified and studied using frame analysis and political process theory. The results suggest that anti-extraction movements occur across Sweden and that their socio-political contexts differ in access to indigenous rights institutions, project owner engagement, and support/opposition from host municipalities and national interest groups. The frame analysis indicates that movements share several goals, sometimes interpret similar contexts differently, and that differences in actions reflect differences in interpretations of contextual opportunities. Our results show that anti-extraction movements in Sweden involve diverse actors, including environmental interest groups, new networks mobilizing against extraction projects, indigenous Sami organizations, farmers' organizations, and landowners. Broad repertoires of actions, including civil disobedience, are used to influence the public, permitting processes, political actors at various scales, and project owners. Differences in socio-political contexts often align with movements’ interpretations of opportunities and relate with differences in action choices.

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Elsevier, 2022. Vol. 75, article id 102514
Keywords [en]
Conflict, Frame analysis, Mining, Political process theory, Repertoires of contention, Social movement
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-190867DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2021.102514ISI: 000748009600002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85121419370OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-190867DiVA, id: diva2:1623635
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2017-01599Available from: 2021-12-30 Created: 2021-12-30 Last updated: 2023-09-05Bibliographically approved

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