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Ethno-territorial rights and the resource extraction boom in Latin America: do constitutions matter?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2581-2588
2016 (English)In: Third World Quarterly, ISSN 0143-6597, E-ISSN 1360-2241, Vol. 37, no 4, 682-702 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent times a growing number of Latin American rural groups have achieved extended ethno-territorial rights, and large territories have been protected by progressive constitutions. These were the outcomes of extended cycles of national and transnational contentious politics and of social movement struggle, including collective South–South cooperation. However, the continent has simultaneously experienced a resource extraction boom. Frequently the extractivism takes place in protected areas and/or Indigenous territories. Consequently economic interests collide with the protection and recognition of constitutional rights. Through a review of selected demonstrative cases across Latin America, this article analyses the (de jure) rights on paper versus the (de facto) rights in practice.

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2016. Vol. 37, no 4, 682-702 p.
Keyword [en]
Ethnic rights, land rights, Indigenous peoples, constitutions, resource extraction, land conflicts, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, BRICS, rising powers
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Political Science
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-128385DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2015.1127154ISI: 000373474800008OAI: diva2:914703
Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, 2012-1828

Markus Kröger was funded by the Academy of Finland through two research projects: ‘The Politics of Corporate Resource Exploitation: Social Movement Influence on Paper and Metal Industry Investments in Brazil and India’; and ‘Human Ecology, Land Conversion and the Global Resource Economy’.

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