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The making of mining expectations: Mining romanticism and historical memory in a neoliberal political landscape
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2874-4146
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2018 (English)In: Social & cultural geography (Print), ISSN 1464-9365, E-ISSN 1470-1197, Vol. 19, no 5, p. 576-605Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates a greenfield mining project in a peripheral region in northern Sweden through the analysis of how different actor groups formed their own ‘horizons of expectations’ that temporally became fused, only to crumble together with the mining company in a short period of time. By focusing on the co-evolvement of expectations, we show how expectations are differentiated along geographical and temporal scales, reflect upon how these differences relate to interests and historical memory, and finally what these differences mean for the development of large-scale, long-term, raw materials-based projects devoted to industrial production in depopulating areas in an economy otherwise orientated towards neoliberal governance and post-industrial development. By doing so, we make a theoretical contribution to the literature on expectations through the introduction of the concept ‘horizon of expectations’, and a contribution to the literature on neoliberalism and its cultural-geographical implications.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 19, no 5, p. 576-605
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Mining policy, expectations, re-industrialization, neoliberalism, natural resources, regional development, industrial policy
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-134763DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2017.1291987ISI: 000440620000002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85012872263OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-134763DiVA, id: diva2:1076899
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Vetenskapsrådet: Den svenska gruvpolitikens omvandling - Aktörer, möjliga världar och kontroverser
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