Futures of Fracking and the Everyday: Hydrocarbon Infrastructures, Unruly Materialities and Conspiracies

Szolucha, Anna (2023) Futures of Fracking and the Everyday: Hydrocarbon Infrastructures, Unruly Materialities and Conspiracies. Ethnos, 88 (3). pp. 576-596. ISSN 0014-1844

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2021.1906293


Drawing on ethnographic research in two locations facing the prospect of shale gas exploration in Poland and the UK, I analyse how the future can be simultaneously predetermined and undetermined. Local actors handle this complex experience by relating to fracking infrastructures, fixing the materialities of shale gas as well as cultivating an air of conspiracy around the intricacies of gas developments. I focus on the everyday to broaden the scope of recent scholarly writing on resource indeterminacy that explores how corporate strategies create the futures of resource extraction. The contradictory temporalities that these strategies generate have to be reconciled at the sites of extraction. I call for opening our theorisations up to how resource indeterminacy and assertions of predetermined futures are mediated in the everyday contexts of noncorporate actors. By considering these daily forms of engagement with resource exploration, we gain a more realistic perspective on the potentialities of extraction.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: Research funded by Natural Environment Research Council, European Commission (657039).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resource extraction, fracking, future, everyday, resource potential
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2022 09:45
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2023 15:30
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48220

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