Procesos de reconstitución comunitaria. En la defensa del territorio contra el extractivismo en América Latina

Ciudad de México: Universidad Autónoma de Metropolitana, UAM, Unidad Xochimilco, 2020. First Edition. Paperback. 207p., maps, photos, tables, graphics, bibl., indices, wrps. New. Item #78738
ISBN: 9786072820463

The discussion about the struggles against extractivism in Latin America is usually approached according to their organizational forms and the political strategies of their movements. Without overlooking this dimension, in this work we intend to focus the debate, above all, on the particularities of the actor in these disputes, his condition as a collective subject and the way in which his communities function.

We are interested in addressing the experiences of struggle developed by communities that challenge the established order, which subjugates their rights and expropriates their conditions of reproduction, although it claims to recognize them. We care about the communities and their claims, which are sometimes based on current legislation, but others go further; as well as the forms of alternative life that these communities claim or imagine building based on the recovery of their memory and identity.

Based on these considerations, we present the reader with seven texts that address the experiences of confronting extractivism in five Latin American countries: Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico in the 21st century. In all cases, the way to defend life and the conditions of material reproduction of the existence of populations against dispossession, or the threat of dispossession of their territories and the resources contained in them, has had as support processes of community reconstitution in some cases, of re-peasantization and, in others, of reindianization or affirmation of indigenous identity. Processes that have allowed, on some occasions, the development of articulating organizational formats at the regional or national levels.

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