Like Oil and Water, with a Match

Audrey Macklin

in Sites of Violence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520230729
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937055 | DOI:
Like Oil and Water, with a Match

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This chapter uses the case of the Canadian company, Talisman Energy Inc., which operated until recently in South Sudan, to examine the impact of global capital investment on human displacement. It describes how security has been redefined as the protection of oil company stock prices. The ways in which women have been influenced by the precipitous decline in human security are also explained. It then raises serious questions about the complicity of the Canadian state in the war in Sudan. The health care situation in Southern Sudan is dismal. The report found that oil extraction was exacerbating the armed conflict in Sudan. The actions of individuals, coalitions, and organizations are vital in exposing and destabilizing the warped triangulation of corporate security, military security, and human security.

Keywords: Talisman Energy Inc.; South Sudan; global capital investment; stock prices; human security; Canadian state; war; oil extraction

Chapter.  14791 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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