During the last two decades there has been a dramatic expansion and intensification of mining and mineral resource exploitation and development across the global south, especially in Latin America. This has brought mining more visibly into global public debate and spurred a great deal of controversy. This volume assembles new scholarship which provides critical perspectives on these issues.
The book poses and addresses a variety of questions about the practices of mining companies on the ground and the effects on and responses from communities, civil society allies and their states. More specifically, it presents studies of what is loosely referred to as “new extraction” or “new extractivism”, i.e. the international and global dimensions of these trends. The book marshals original, empirical work from leading social scientists in a variety of disciplines to explore 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, and to a lesser but increasing extent, Chinese mining companies and their investment in the region. Several chapters take a regional perspective, while others are based on country-specific empirical data, such as from Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru.
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.