"The beast doesn't stop": the resource boom and changes in the social space of the Darling Downs

Nina Collins, Veronica Loreto Devenin Vera

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A resources boom and the incursion of large scale coal mining and coal seam gas projects has precipitated environmental conflicts and other social struggles in traditionally agricultural communities of the Darling Downs. These relate to control of economic resources, cultural practices and, more generally, regional identity. This paper examines the social space where these struggles are taking place using sociologist Pierre Bourdieu's analytical concepts. Data was collected through interviews and photographs in two local government areas of the region - Toowoomba and Western Downs - using changes to physical landscape as an indicator of changing relationships in social space. With the advent of the new industry, agricultural communities are experiencing the pervasive presence of the resources industry and a systematic loss of control of resources. This prompts a struggle as they try to maintain their traditionally dominant power position.
Idioma originalAnglès
Publicació especialitzadaRural Society
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 d’abr. 2015
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