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Entangling carbon lock-in : India’s coal constituency.

Lecavalier, Emma and Harrington, Cameron (2017) 'Entangling carbon lock-in : India’s coal constituency.', Crime, law and social change., 68 (5). pp. 529-546.


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.

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Date accepted:22 May 2017
Date deposited:06 December 2017
Date of first online publication:18 July 2017
Date first made open access:18 January 2019

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