Dimensions of environmental justice in anti-gold mining movements in Latin America

Leire Urkidi, Mariana Walter

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The present article examines two Latin American gold mining conflicts, one in the city of Esquel (Patagonia in Argentina) and the other in Pascua-Lama (Chilean border with Argentina). We identify the emergence of three dimensions of environmental justice (distribution, recognition, participation) in the anti-mining movements of these two cases. The study finds that some dimensions of justice appear first (participation and recognition), while distribution emerges later, as movements jump scales engaging with national and international networks that provide a systemic perspective of the conflicts. The findings are consistent with other studies that refer to environmental justice as multi-scalar and context related. We also point to the relevance of studying decision-making procedures and jumping scales to understand how environmental justice claims are framed in resource extraction conflicts. E© 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-695
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011


  • Environmental justice
  • Jumping scales
  • Participation
  • Recognition
  • Resource extraction conflicts


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