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Martin Arboleda is based at the School of Sociology of Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile. His research explores the role of primary commodity production-especially mining and agriculture-in the political economy of urbanisation and of global capitalism. His work has been published by international outlets such as Antipode, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Harvard Design Magazine, Geoforum, and Society and Space, among others.


"Martin Arboleda's Planetary Mine offers a masterful re-theorization of the political economy of territoriality, logistics, state sovereignty, and primary commodity production. This is a powerful exploration of what we might call "actually existing global capitalism."Theoretically fresh and politically compelling, Planetary Mine is destined to be a classic." - Christian Parenti, John Jay College CUNY and author of The Means Proper "Planetary Mine exquisitely excavates the network and relations that connect the lives of workers in extraction sites to global financial architectures, logistical assemblages, migrating bodies, hungry capitalists, and recalcitrant activists. It robustly debunks the myth of life in a post-material world and charts multiple paths to transforming the uneven and combined geographies of extraction in emancipatory directions. A real eye-opener and instant classic." - Erik Swyngedouw, University of Manchester "A breathtaking account of the violence of - and resistance to - extractive capitalism. With Planetary Mine, Martin Arboleda has given us an extraordinarily provocative and original study of capital, power, and nature in an age of planetary crisis. It will be a point of reference for years to come." - Jason Moore "In Planetary Mine, Latin America and Asia get closer together as they become entangled through the Pacific Ocean as the new axis of the world-economy. An entire geography of extraction-developed by Chile, the proverbial laboratory of the Chicago Boys-casts into new light the systemic question of the imperial technologies of the present, the dynamics of labor exploitation, and the machineries of everyday life that underpin them. In this book, the mine emerges as a strategic site in which port infrastructure, finance, urban development, and robotization come together, revealing the logics and extractive mechanisms that actualize contemporary neoliberalism. But this geography also enables further excavations: it demonstrates that the conflicts that sabotage and confront such an appropriation of knowledge and of social wealth can produce other types of value and challenge the frontiers of capital." - Veronica Gago "Planetary Mine rethinks global development in terms of world political climate and geography." - Kate Mazade, The Architect's Newspaper "There is great depth to Martin Arboleda's Planetary Mine: Territories of Extraction under Late Capitalism that will benefit future critical investigation into the wide-ranging tentacles of extraction for years to come ... Planetary Mine challenges readers to move beyond the site of extraction itself and consider how and why it "comes into being in the first place" - Antipode "Monographs on extraction tend to focus either on the elite worlds of private firms, political repression, and high finance-or on the grassroots mobilization of local communities. Planetary Mine does both. Arboleda's interrogation of exploitation is matched in intensity by his fidelity to the "dream images of the technological landscapes of tomorrow." Utopias are nowhere to be found in the bleak present, but their ingredients are everywhere we look. - Thea Riofrancos, The Baffler "Exceptionally ambitious ... Arboleda offers a series of original and penetrating theoretical reflections on revolutionary subjectivity in Chile, and Latin America more widely, given the novel features of the modes of existence of labor running through the economies of extraction. ... There are few better guides than Planetary Mine to the possible economic and technological futures of Latin American likely to emerge in the wake of COVID-19. [This] remarkable first book has few peers in theoretical ambition and range among the Anglophone offerings on extractive capitalism." - Jeffery R. Webber, Spectre Journal "A lucid and timely investigation into the turbulent spatialities of supply chain capitalism." - City Journal

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