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Social interaction and conflicts. Power inequality among actors in a fishing community and natural reserve area:the Punta de Choros case in Chile
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis describes power and communication relationships among actors in the fishing community and protected natural reserves in Punta de Choros, Chile. By conducting interviews in situ, local actors’ discourses are reconstructed and underlying relational power capabilities between the local community and new social actors are described. Concepts like access, development critiques, new rurality within the framework of political ecology, and network communication and empowerment within the scope of power theories, will be introduced to analyze their social interaction. This work also aims to describe how the implementation of a nearby mining project has affected the community and what actions are being taken to deal with this new scenario. Punta de Choros faces situations that are both local and global. Parts of the community show an increasing vulnerability that is being taken advantage of by the mining company. Detecting what operating power relationships and communication networks are can be a useful tool for local actors and communication network programmers in the future. This tool can help empower local communities, NGOs or any kind of organization seeking to shed light on local problems arising from the globalization process.

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2015. , 49 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 263
Keyword [en]
power, communication, social interaction, land access, networked power, sustainable development
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-259467OAI: diva2:844287
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2015-06-02, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 11:12 (English)
Available from: 2015-08-04 Created: 2015-08-04 Last updated: 2015-08-04Bibliographically approved

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