Rethinking ‘just transitions’ from coal: the dynamics of land and labour in anti-coal struggles

Amod Shah*

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Communities resisting large coal mining projects navigate the significant tensions between imperatives of urgent climate action and economic growth in complex and contingent ways. Drawing on empirical research in a mining region of Central-Eastern India, this paper examines how the changing ‘agrarian’ context of rural livelihoods and household reproduction within mining-affected communities shapes the motivations of local anti-coal struggles, and the articulation of climate-change related concerns within them. It argues that such a conceptualization of political contestations over coal extraction points to crucial possibilities for building broader counter-hegemonic movements for more inclusive ‘just transitions’ away from coal.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Nov 2022

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