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Stuart Kirsch | Engaging Resources
New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments

Stuart Kirsch

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Michigan
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Stuart Kirsch is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. His research interests include corporations, indigenous political movements, mining, and political ecology. For many years he has worked as both an ethnographer and an engaged anthropologist with the communities affected by pollution from the Ok Tedi copper and gold mine Papua New Guinea, including participation in their landmark litigation against the Australian owners of the mine. He has also consulted on indigenous rights and environmental issues across the Pacific and in the Amazon. He is the author of Reverse Anthropology: Indigenous Analysis of Social and Environmental Relations in New Guinea (Stanford University Press, 2006). He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Mining Capitalism: The Rise and Corporate Response to Indigenous and NGO Critique.

His most recent work is funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, a Michigan Humanities Award, the Social Science Research Council, and the Yale University Program in Agrarian Studies.

Publications

Benson, Peter and Stuart Kirsch

2010Capitalism and the Politics of Resignation. Current Anthropology 51(4):459–486.
2010Corporate Oxymorons. With Peter Benson. Dialectical Anthropology 34(1):45–48.

 

Kirsch, Stuart

2012Afterward: Extractive Conflicts Compared. Social Conflict, Economic Development and the Extractive Industry: Evidence from South America, ed. Anthony Bebbington, 203–215. New York: Routledge. Spanish language edition forthcoming, Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.
2010Sustainability and the BP Oil Spill. [Guest Editorial]. Dialectical Anthropology 34(3):295–300.
2010Mining. Dialectical Anthropology 34(1):87–93.
2009Comments on the Bakhuis Draft Environmental and Social Impact Report. In Suriname’s Bakhuis Bauxite Mine: An Independent Review of SRK’s Impact Assessment, ed. Robert Goodland, 28–59. Paramaribo, Suriname: Bureau VIDS.
2008Social Relations and the Green Critique of Capitalism in Melanesia. American Anthropologist 110(3):288–298.
2007Indigenous Movements and the Risks of Counterglobalization: Tracking the Campaign against Papua New Guinea’s Ok Tedi Mine. American Ethnologist 34(2):303–321. Reprinted in: Cultural Anthropology, Volume 2: Modernities, eds. Kim Fortun and Michael Fortun, 283–414. New York: Sage publications, 2010
2006Reverse Anthropology: Indigenous Analysis of Social and Environmental Relations in New Guinea. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
2003Mining and Environmental Human Rights in Papua New Guinea. In Transnational Corporations and Human Rights, eds. George Jedrzej Frynas and Scott Pegg, 115–136. London: Palgrave.
2002Anthropology and Advocacy: A Case Study of the Campaign against the Ok Tedi Mine. Critique of Anthropology 22(2):175–200.
2001Property Effects: Social Networks and Compensation Claims in Melanesia. Social Anthropology 9(2):147–163.