Colonial extractions race and canadian mining in contemporary africa canadian mining companies presence on the african continent and their efforts to disempower indigenous artisanal miners are new iterations of colonial economic systems said paula butler at the latest african studies speaker series. This chapter establishes a comprehensive theoretical framework for analysing canadian involvement in global mining as a colonialist project critical race theory and much post colonial theory offer perspectives sensitized to the importance of colonial imperial legacies and the persistent and multifaceted routine violence of white supremacy. Colonial extractions tells the story of canadian mining as a racial regime on a global scale a thoughtful and well developed reading of the canadian mining industry in its historical and contemporary contexts this book documents and analyses canadian colonizers attitudes towards africa its people and its resources. She has also taught in the departments of canadian studies and gender and womens studies at trent university her most recent mining related publications include colonial extractions race and canadian mining in contemporary africa 2015 global governance via local procurement. Challenging canadas image as a humane enlightened global actor colonial extractions examines the troubling racial logic that underpins canadian mining operations in several african countries drawing on colonial postcolonial and critical race theory paula butler investigates canadian mining activities and the discourses which serve to legitimate this work
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