Resource geography III: Rentier natures and the renewal of class struggle

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There is renewed attention to the importance of rent to understanding capitalist resource geographies. In this report, I ground these discussions in Marx’s theory of “ground rent” and specifically the role of the landlord class as owners of natural forces demanding a “share” of the social surplus (as distinct from the capitalist and working classes). I review emergent literature about three key kinds of rentiers—private landowners, landlord states, and capitalist resource rentiers. I suggest the category of capitalist resource rentier confounds a Marxist class analysis centered on capitalists as the owners of the means of production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1095-1105
Number of pages11
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2022


  • Rent
  • extraction
  • financialization
  • resources
  • state
  • value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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