Runaway Globalisation on the Queensland Coast
An anthropological study of a community 'marinated' in fossil fuels, fraught by ambivalence and conflict.
Capturing Gladstone at the peak of its accelerated growth in 2013-14, Thomas Hylland Eriksen dissects the boomtown phenomenon in all its profound ambivalence. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, the book explores the tensions and resentments surrounding migrant workers, and examines local identity, family life, infrastructure and local services.
Writ large in Boomtown are the clashes of scale at the heart of the town's contradictions - where the logic of big industry and the state compete with that of the individual, local communities and ecology, revealing the current crisis of political legitimacy across the world.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and former President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. He is the author of numerous classics of anthropology, including Small Places, Large Issues - 4th Edition (Pluto, 2015) and What is Anthropology? - 2nd Edition (Pluto, 2017).
'It takes a seasoned anthropologist like Thomas Hylland Eriksen, with his wealth of research and experience to elevate this ethnographic depiction of a town in Queensland to a study of the many social, economic and ecological tensions and contradictions that animate many places around the world' - Professor Ghassan Hage, Department of Anthropology, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
Prologue: The High Point of Extractive Industrialism
Part I: Citrus, Altius, Fortius
1. A City No Longer in Waiting
2. Australian Identity and Its Double Binds
3. Change in Their Bones
4. The Boomtown Syndrome and the Treadmill Paradox
Part II: Clashing Scales
5. Green Voices
6. Dredging the Harbour
7. Slow-Burning Overheating at the East End Mine
8. The Demise of Targinnie
9. Clashing Scales: Globalisation, As we Know It
Epilogue: a Boomtown in Decline
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745338279
eBook ISBN: 9781786803078
135mm x 215mm