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Challenging the gospel of neoliberalism?: civil society opposition to mining in Armenia

Ishkanian, Armine (2016) Challenging the gospel of neoliberalism?: civil society opposition to mining in Armenia. In: Coy, Patrick, G., (ed.) Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change. Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change. Emerald, pp. 107-136. ISBN 9781786350282

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Identification Number: 10.1108/S0163-786X20160000039005


This article examines the introduction of neoliberal policies in the mining sector in Armenia and the civil society resistance that has emerged against those policies and practices. While recognising that neoliberal policies have global reach, I examine how neoliberal policies are locally translated, manifested, and resisted in Armenia and what factors shape resistance to neoliberal policies. I argue that the anti-mining activists have created new subjectivities and spaces for activism where they resist and challenge neoliberal policies and practices in the mining sector as well as the heretofore accepted formal practices of civil society advocacy and engagement in policy processes. Although the activists have not changed the way mining is practiced in Armenia, they have opened up debates around mining, and neoliberal policies more generally, and created new understandings and practices of civic activism and citizenship in Armenia.

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Additional Information: © 2016 by Emerald Group
Divisions: Social Policy
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2016 17:49
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 02:50

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