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date: 05 July 2020

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This chapter draws on a range of cases where boycotts, buycotts, and discursive tactics have been used to target oil and mineral extraction. The chapter provides an overview of the key actors, strategies, and political and structural factors that facilitate political consumerism around oil and mining. In doing so, it offers insight into the possibilities and limitations of political consumerism for addressing the environmental and social justice harms of resource extraction industries. Mobilizing political consumerism against oil and mining is facilitated where there are particularly dramatic examples of violations of social or environmental wellbeing. However, flows of oil and minerals are so diffuse and pervasive throughout twenty-first-century consumer culture that targeting a single stage of the commodity chain, a single company, or a particular resource type may prove too narrow a strategy for a holistic approach to sustainable development.

Keywords: mining, oil, social movements, environment, social justice

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