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Unearthing Conflict: Corporate Mining, Activism, and Expertise in Peru (Hardback)

Fabiana Li

Edité par Duke University Press, United States, 2015
ISBN 10: 0822358190 / ISBN 13: 9780822358190
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Titre : Unearthing Conflict: Corporate Mining, ...

Éditeur : Duke University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. In Unearthing Conflict Fabiana Li analyzes the aggressive expansion and modernization of mining in Peru since the 1990s to tease out the dynamics of mining-based protests. Issues of water scarcity and pollution, the loss of farmland, and the degradation of sacred land are especially contentious. She traces the emergence of the conflicts by discussing the smelter-town of La Oroya-where people have lived with toxic emissions for almost a century-before focusing her analysis on the relatively new Yanacocha gold mega-mine. Debates about what kinds of knowledge count as legitimate, Li argues, lie at the core of activist and corporate mining campaigns. Li pushes against the concept of equivalence -or methods with which to quantify and compare things such as pollution-to explain how opposing groups interpret environmental regulations, assess a project s potential impacts, and negotiate monetary compensation for damages.This politics of equivalence is central to these mining controversies, and Li uncovers the mechanisms through which competing parties create knowledge, assign value, arrive at contrasting definitions of pollution, and construct the Peruvian mountains as spaces under constant negotiation. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780822358190

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Synopsis : In "Unearthing Conflict" Fabiana Li analyzes the aggressive expansion and modernization of mining in Peru since the 1990s to tease out the dynamics of mining-based protests. Issues of water scarcity and pollution, the loss of farmland, and the degradation of sacred land are especially contentious. She traces the emergence of the conflicts by discussing the smelter-town of La Oroya--where people have lived with toxic emissions for almost a century--before focusing her analysis on the relatively new Yanacocha gold mega-mine. Debates about what kinds of knowledge count as legitimate, Li argues, lie at the core of activist and corporate mining campaigns. Li pushes against the concept of "equivalence"--or methods with which to quantify and compare things such as pollution--to explain how opposing groups interpret environmental regulations, assess a project's potential impacts, and negotiate monetary compensation for damages. This politics of equivalence is central to these mining controversies, and Li uncovers the mechanisms through which competing parties create knowledge, assign value, arrive at contrasting definitions of pollution, and construct the Peruvian mountains as spaces under constant negotiation.

Critique: ""Unearthing Conflict" is a well-documented, thoughtful, and engagingly written account of mining-related conflicts in Peru. Looking at two different historically situated modes of resource extraction through the lens of ontological politics and 'contested equivalence, ' Fabiana Li provides a novel, conceptually productive view of how such things as 'pollution' and 'water as life' are constituted and behave as actors in the world. A fine contribution to literatures on mining, environmental politics, and activism." --Elizabeth Emma Ferry, author of"Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the US-Mexico Border"

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