Natural Resource Development and Human Rights in Latin America

Edited by Malayna Raftopoulos and Radosław Powęska
Publication date: 
31 January 2018

Contemporary development debates in Latin America are marked by the pursuit of economic growth, technological improvement and poverty reduction, and are overshadowed by growing concerns about the preservation of the environment and human rights. This collection’s multidisciplinary perspective links local, national, regional and transnational levels of inquiry into the interaction of state and non-state actors involved in promoting or opposing natural resource development. Taking this approach allows the book to contemplate the complex panorama of competing visions, concepts and interests grounded in the mutual influences and interdependencies which shape the contemporary arena of social-environmental conflicts in the region.

“This book offers an indispensable analysis of the as yet little-researched intersection of social-environmental conflicts and human rights in Latin America. The chapters offer rich and original case studies of the role of state and non-state actors in these conflicts as well as the relationship between humans and their natural environment”. Marieke Riethof, University of Liverpool  
Table of contents: 
1. Forces of resistance and human rights: deconstructing natural resource development in Latin America
Malayna Raftopoulos and Radosław Powęska
2. Indigenous rights in the era of ‘indigenous state’: how interethnic conflicts and state appropriation of indigenous agenda hinder the challenge to extractivism in Bolivia
Radosław Powęska
3. REDD+ and human rights in Latin America: addressing indigenous peoples’ concerns though the use of Human Rights Impact Assessments
Malayna Raftopoulos
4. Violence in the actions of indigenous peoples from the Amazon region as a result of environmental conflicts
Magdalena Krysińska-Kałużna
5. Neogeography, development and human rights in Latin America 
Doug Specht
6. From human rights to an urbanising environmental politics: understanding flood and landslide vulnerability in Brazil’s coastal mountains 
Robert Coates
7. Human rights and socio-environmental conflict in Nicaragua’s Grand Canal project 
Joanna Morley
8. Sustainable development, the politics of place and decoloniality: contradictory or complementary approaches to Latin American futures?
Bogumila Lisocka-Jaegermann