Oppressive energopolitics in Africa’s last colony: energy, subjectivities and resistance

Allan, Joanna, Lemaadel, Mahmoud and Lakhal, Hamza (2021) Oppressive energopolitics in Africa’s last colony: energy, subjectivities and resistance. Antipode. ISSN 0066-4812 (In Press)

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Focusing on energy developments and energy infrastructure in Moroccanoccupied Western Sahara, this article engages with the politics of energy and energy citizenship in situations of conflict, authoritarianism and settler colonialism. We contribute to the body of research on how energy infrastructure, including renewable energy infrastructure, furthers (neo)colonial social and political power imbalances. Using Boyer’s concept of energopower, which allows us to explore how energy is used to govern populations and
produce subjectivities, we argue that a colonial and oppressive energoregime will produce subjects hostile to itself. Putting colonised people’s lived experiences and perceptions of an oppressive energy system centre stage, we further research on the interrelationship between energy infrastructure, citizenship and identity by showing how an energoregime can inadvertently foster a rejection of certain citizenships and national identities in favour of others. Our data is generated using ethnography and semi-structured interviews with Saharawis living in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: Leverhulme Trust through their Early Career Fellowship scheme (Grant number: ECF-2017-505).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Western Sahara, energopower, citizenship, renewable energy, energy colonialism
Subjects: L100 Economics
L200 Politics
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2021 11:22
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2021 10:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46565

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