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Entangling carbon lock-in: India’s coal constituency

Lecavalier, Emma; Harrington, Cameron

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Emma Lecavalier


This article investigates how energy security in the Anthropocene is entangled in diffuse ways with materiality. In particular we examine the social-material entanglement of humans and coal in India and how coal manifests itself differently across social life in the country. Focusing on a single material allows us to study how the Anthropocene creates, and is created by, particular appropriations of the material world. It offers a corrective to some Anthropocene literature that avoids discussing the complex, “everyday,” social impacts that fossil fuels have, particularly in the developing world. These intertwined impacts add to the complexity and difficulty in the process of decarbonizing societies, or in transitioning to a sustainable energy future.


Lecavalier, E., & Harrington, C. (2017). Entangling carbon lock-in: India’s coal constituency. Crime, Law and Social Change, 68(5), 529-546.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 22, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 18, 2017
Publication Date Jul 18, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 2, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 18, 2018
Journal Crime, Law and Social Change
Print ISSN 0925-4994
Electronic ISSN 1573-0751
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 68
Issue 5
Pages 529-546


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