How to be heard when nobody wants to listen: Community action against mining in Argentina

Mariana Walter, Joan Martinez-Alier

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Abstract

Since 2002, Argentina has witnessed a growing number of mining conflicts. While national and provincial governments promote mining as a basis for development, local communities have opposed and acted to prevent it. Between 2003 and 2008, 7 out of 23 provinces banned open-pit metal mining, thus challenging the institutional framework that promotes it. These challenges, moreover, began during a period of high unemployment. Why are communities opposed to an activity that could benefit local development? This article argues that these communities are demanding recognition for local visions of development that are not compatible with mining-and that cannot be adequately accommodated by current decision-making processes. © Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 2010. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-301
JournalCanadian Journal of Development Studies
Volume30
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2010

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