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Mining in Latin America
Critical Approaches to the New Extraction

ISBN 9781138921672
Published July 26, 2016 by Routledge
310 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.