Paul K. Gellert
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My research program is focused primarily on the political economy of natural resources and development. I have a long-standing interest in the role of states and firms in organizing and controlling Indonesia's timber sector. Currently, I am developing a new research project on neo-liberalism and the politics of minerals, oil and gas in Indonesia. This project will address the question of Indonesia's reperipheralization in the world-economy as it deepens its reliance on raw materials exports. It also will examine the uneven and somewhat unpredictable illiberal politics of liberalization. Third, I have an interest in theory, including the intersection of social and natural forces and processes in "socionature" and the notion of human "capabilities."
Recent and Forthcoming Publications
Forthcoming. Gellert, Paul K. “Extraction and the World-System.” In Salvatore Babones and Christopher Chase-Dunn, Editors, The Handbook of World-Systems Analysis: Theory and Research (Routledge, 2011).
Andrew Gunnoe and Paul K. Gellert. 2011. “Financialization, Shareholder Value, and the Transformation of Timberland Ownership in North America.” Critical Sociology 37(2): 1-24.
Gellert, Paul K. 2010. “Rival Transnational Networks, Domestic Politics, and Indonesian Timber.” Journal of Contemporary Asia. 40(4): 539- 567.
Gellert, Paul K. 2010. “Extractive Regimes: Toward a Better Understanding of Indonesian Development.” Rural Sociology. 75(1): 28-57.
Gellert, Paul K. and Jon Shefner. 2009. “People, Place and Time: How Structural Fieldwork Helps World-Systems Analysis.” Journal of World-Systems Research 15(2):193-218.
Gellert, Paul K. 2009. “The Politics of Governance of Indonesia’s Forest Industries: Progress and Regress in a Neo-liberal Age,” Pp. 107-120 in Governance and the Depoliticisation of Development, edited by Wil Hout and Richard Robison. London: Routledge Press.
Gellert, Paul K. 2008. “What’s New with the Old?: Scalar Dialectics and the Reorganization of Indonesia’s Timber Industry,” Pp. 43-55 in Taking Southeast Asia to Market: Commodities,Nature, and People in the Neoliberal Age, edited by Nancy L. Peluso and Joe Nevins. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Gellert, Paul K. 2007. “From Managed to Free(r) Markets: Transnational and Regional Governance of Asian Timber,” The Annals of The American Academy of Political and Social Science. Volume 610 (March): 246-259.
Gellert, Paul K. 2006. “For a Sociology of Socionature: Ontology and a Commodity-Based Approach.” Pp. 65-92 in Nature, Raw Materials and Political Economy, edited by Paul Ciccantell, Gay Seidman and David A. Smith. Research in Rural Sociology and Development, Volume 10. Elsevier Science/JAI Press.
Feldman, Shelley and Paul K. Gellert. 2006. “The Seductive Quality of Central Human Capabilities: Sociological Insights into Nussbaum and Sen’s Disagreement.” Economy and Society 35:3 (August) 423-452.
Gellert, Paul K. 2005. “The Shifting Natures of ‘Development’: Growth, Crisis, and Recovery in Indonesia’s Forests.” World Development 33:8: 1349-1368.
Gellert, Paul K. 2005. “Oligarchy in the Timber Markets of Indonesia: From Apkindo to IBRA to the Future of the Forests.” Pp. 121-137 in Indonesia Update 2004: The Politics and Economics of Indonesia’s Natural Resources, edited by Budy P. Resosudarmo. Singapore: The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, in collaboration with the Australian National University.
Gellert, Paul K. 2003. “Renegotiating a Timber Commodity Chain: Lessons from Indonesia on the Political Construction of Global Commodity Chains.” Sociological Forum 18:1 (March): 53-84.
Gellert, Paul K. and Barbara D. Lynch. 2003. “Megaprojects as Displacements.” International Social Science Journal No. 175 (March): 15-25.
Paul K. Gellert
Ph.D. 1998 University of Wisconsin-Madison
The University of Tennessee
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