FROM SPACES TO CIRCUITS OF EXTRACTION: VALUE IN PROCESS AND THE MINE/CITY NEXUS

Martín Arboleda (2019), “From Spaces to Circuits of Extraction: Value in Process and the Mine/City Nexus. Capitalism Nature Socialism, published online ahead of print 16 August, 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10455752.2019.1656758.  

The reorganization of the extractive industries into transnational supply chains has signaled the functional integration of hitherto dispersed elements of social production and brought together natural resources and built environments, as well as city and non-city space, in novel and ever more intricate ways. On the basis of Marx’s theorization of the circulation of capital—laid out in Volume II of Capital—the paper develops the notion of circuits of extraction in order to rethink the extractive industries from the standpoint of three contradictory, crisis-riven, yet interrelated circulatory systems: a productive circuit of extraction; a commodity circuit of extraction; and a money circuit of extraction. With this the paper contributes to the development of an expanded conception of extractivism that is rooted in the actual dynamics of production and circulation of raw materials, but that can also illustrate the ways in which the extractive industries are remaking urban, financial, and logistical landscapes in their own image.

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The Gran Torre Santiago, located in Santiago de Chile’s financial district. Image courtesy of: Ximena Nahmias.