Icelandic Resource Landscapes and the State

James Maguire
2020 Anthropological Journal on European Cultures  
This paper offers an ethnographic perspective on the relationship between resource landscapes and the state in Iceland during a period of financial experimentation. In particular, it analyses a shift from the production of thermal water for local use to the production of electricity for the global aluminium market. This shift, the paper argues, is not merely a technocratic exercise in further resource extraction, it also indexes some of the tenuous connections between resource making and state
more » ... e making and state making. The paper ends by offering a perspective on the recursive relationship between resource instabilities and instabilities within the state.
doi:10.3167/ajec.2020.290103 fatcat:rn7jsocjhbd6rnhgq2abfffa7q