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Resource Extraction and Conflict in Latin America

  • Panoramic view of Chuquicamata, a state-owned copper mine located in Calama, north of Chile.

    Panoramic view of Chuquicamata, a state-owned copper mine located just outside Calama, north of Chile.

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A collection of articles that reveal the complex nature of violence experienced by local communities and societies across Latin America related to resource extraction, and the direct destruction of the natural environments on which these people rely. Special Edition of Colombia Internacional edited and introduced by John-Andrew McNeish. 

Resource Extraction and Conflict in Latin America

"While minerals, oil and natural gas are still key elements of Latin America’s economy, extraction encompasses a wide range of other resources. These include renewable resources, green technologies (hydro, solar, thermal and agro-industrial projects, lithium production, etc.) and their related infrastructure (often in the form of mega-development projects), such as dams, roads, bridges and ports. It is their totality which defines the extractive economy of the region. The articles reveal together the complex nature of the violence experienced by local communities and societies across Latin America. They reveal the very direct destruction of the natural environment on which these people rely. They tell of the threats and murders of community leaders attempting to oppose extraction. They also reveal the subtle and structured nature of violence in these encounters" - John-Andrew McNeish

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Published 21. February 2018 - 10:33 - Updated 21. February 2018 - 10:45

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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