1st Edition

Mining in Latin America Critical Approaches to the New Extraction

Edited By Kalowatie Deonandan, Michael L. Dougherty Copyright 2016
    312 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    310 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The last two decades have witnessed a dramatic expansion and intensification of mineral resource exploitation and development across the global south, especially in Latin America. This shift has brought mining more visibly into global public debates and spurred a great deal of controversy and conflict. This volume assembles new scholarship that provides critical perspectives on these issues.

    The book marshals original, empirical work from leading social scientists in a variety of disciplines to address a range of questions about the practices of mining companies on the ground, the impacts of mining on host communities, and the responses to mining from communities, civil society and states. The book further explores the global and international causes, consequences and innovations of this new era of mining activity in Latin America. Key issues include the role of Canadian mining companies and their investment in the region, and, to a lesser extent, the role of Chinese mining capital. Several chapters take a regional perspective, while others are based on empirical data from specific countries including Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru.

    Part 1: Introduction

    1. From Global Peripheries to the Earth’s Core: The New Extraction in Latin America

    Michael L. Dougherty

    Part 2: Conceptual Approaches to Excavating the New Extraction

    2. Investment, Governance and Resistance in the New Extractive Economies of Latin America

    Henry Veltmeyer

    3. The New Extractivism, Raw Materialism and 21st Century Mining in Latin America

    Paul S. Ciccantell and Daniel Patten

    4. Post-neoliberalism in Latin America: Continuities and Discontinuities in Regimes of Extraction

    Liisa North, Ricardo Grinspun and Carlos Larrea

    Part 3: The Role of Canadian Capital in Latin American Extraction

    5. Scarcity and Control: The New Extraction and Canada’s Mineral Resource Protection Network

    Michael L. Dougherty

    6. Rethinking ‘Canadian Mining Imperialism’ in Latin America

    J.Z. Garrod and Laura Macdonald

    7. Canadian Capital, Mining Taxation and the Return of Some (Strong) States

    Pablo Heidrich and Paola Ortiz Loaiza

    Part 4: Innovations on the Ground: Privatization, People and Governance

    8. Mining Movements and Political Horizons in the Andes: Articulation, Democratization and Worlds Otherwise

    Bret Gustafson and Natalia Guzmán Solano

    9. Extractive Industries and the Global Human Rights Regime for Businesses: The Marlin Human Rights Impact Assessment

    Kalowatie Deonandan and Jennifer Morgan

    10. Moving Overseas? Critical Reflections on the Implementation of Latin American Ethical Gold Schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Gavin Hilson and James McQuilken

    11. Mining, Property and the Reordering of Socionatural Relations in Peru

    Matthew Himley

    Part 5: Jurisprudence and the New Extraction

    12. The Rise of the Corporate Investment Rights Regime and ‘Extractive Exceptionalism’: Evidence from El Salvador

    Sarah Anderson, Manuel Pérez Rocha and Michael L. Dougherty

    13. Impeding Access to Justice: Establishing Civil Jurisdiction in Canadian Courts in the Global Extractive Economy

    Bernadette Maheandiran

    Part 6: Conclusion and Ways Forward

    14. The Unexplored Dimensions of Resistance to Extractivism in Latin America: The Role of Women and NGOs

    Kalowatie Deonandan and Rebecca Tatham


    Kalowatie Deonandan is Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. 

    Michael L. Dougherty is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University, USA.