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Nature, Raw Materials, and Political Economy, Volume 10 by Paul S. Ciccantell, David A. Smith, Gay Seidman

By Paul S. Ciccantell, David A. Smith, Gay Seidman

The papers during this quantity push the research of the multifaceted nature-society courting and the socioeconomic outcomes of human dependence on nature ahead in numerous parts. within the first part, Theoretical Foundations, the 5 chapters lay out theoretical versions for analyzing the nature-society courting. The chapters learn the jobs of fabric method, area, and time in shaping social strategies of monetary ascent and long-term hegemonic switch, in addition to the position of the research of uncooked fabrics in environmental sociology. within the moment part, Commodities, Extraction and Frontiers, a sequence of case reviews masking various industries, destinations and historic sessions current numerous functions of the political financial system of common assets to severe concerns concerning commodities, extraction and frontiers. The case learn industries comprise oil, metal, shipping, furs, sugar and Brazil nuts, and the chapters learn areas in Latin the US, North the USA, and Asia. within the 3rd part, Connecting Political and financial switch, 4 chapters specialize in the connection among uncooked fabrics, financial swap, and socioeconomic switch. courting among political and fiscal swap in Latin the US and Africa.

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Similarly, engines and bodies of supersonic jet-powered aircraft must resist far more heat and stress than DC-3s or B-52s were designed to withstand at the middle of the 20th century. Cobalt and titanium, necessary for supersonic engines, are extremely rare in nature. Capital has had to seek them in remote and difficult places. National states’ dependence on the stronger tax base and the military power that would be impossible without these raw materials makes them ready and anxious to assist financially, diplomatically, and militarily in this search.

Innis’s analysis of migration, demographical patterns, labor relations, urban location and organization, and state formation demonstrate that his theorization of matter and space did not preempt, but rather facilitated and extended, his analysis of social and economic processes. By integrating social and natural mechanisms, he could account for such temporally and spatially consequential phenomena as the changing size and material demands of the world economy, the political and economic dimensions of empire and colonial resistance, or the role of conflicts in the core, first between Britain, France, and Spain, and later between the United States and Europe.

The beaver pelts sent down river and on to Europe, for example, occupied far less cargo space than the goods and provisions sent from Europe for trade with the Indians that trapped the furs. The value of beaver pelts had to be high enough to compensate for the transport costs incurred in return Matter, Space, Time, and Technology 41 shipping – first overseas and then upriver – the far greater volume of provisions trappers and traders would consume while gathering a shipment of beaver. Logs and wheat, both much lower value-to-volume goods reversed this proportion of inbound to outbound cargo.

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