Special Section: Political ecologies of time and temporality in resource extraction, ed. Ashley Fent and Erik Kojola

Comunalidad, Guendaliza'a and anti-mine mobilizations in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

Author: Alessandro Morosin (University of San Diego)

  • Comunalidad, Guendaliza'a and anti-mine mobilizations in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

    Special Section: Political ecologies of time and temporality in resource extraction, ed. Ashley Fent and Erik Kojola

    Comunalidad, Guendaliza'a and anti-mine mobilizations in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

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Abstract

How do grassroots strategies for the defense of territory inter-relate with the "politics of time" in the early phases of socio-environmental struggles? This article addresses this question via ethnographic research and in-depth interviews in Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Opponents of mines and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in this region invoke comunalidad and Guendaliza'a— indigenous ways of life associated with mutual aid and territorial sovereignty. These values are enacted by networks of activists seeking to protect the land and livelihoods of future generations against global capitalism's drive for cheap raw materials. By rejecting dualist distinctions between Society and Nature, indigenous cosmovisions can help defensive movements forge alternatives to socio-environmental violence. Engaging with this case brings separate theoretical frameworks of defensive resistance, cheap nature, ecological-distribution conflicts, and indigenous cosmovisions into dialogue with one another.

Keywords: anti-mining, ethnography, global capitalism, indigenous peoples, social movements

How to Cite:

Morosin, A., (2020) “Comunalidad, Guendaliza'a and anti-mine mobilizations in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec”, Journal of Political Ecology 27(1), p.917-938. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/v27i1.23237

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20 Jan 2020
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