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Peruvian Gold, Everyday Violence, and the Politics of Attention859
Peru is classified as one of the deadliest countries in the world for environmental defenders, where activists face many forms of violence. Through an ethnographic and systematic comparison of four gold mining conflicts in Peru, Resisting Extractivism presents a vivid account of subtle and routine forms of violence, analyzing how meaning making practices render certain types of damage and suffering noticeable while occluding others. The book thus builds a ground-up theory of violence-how it is framed, how it impacts people's lived experiences, and how it can be confronted. By excavating how the everyday interactions that underlie conflicts are discursively concealed and highlighted, this study assists in the prevention and transformation of violence over resource extraction in Latin America. The book draws on a controlled, qualitative comparison of four case studies, extensive ethnographic research conducted over fourteen months of fieldwork, analysis of over 900 archives and documents, and unprecedented access to more than 250 semi structured interviews with key actors across industry, the state, civil society, and the media. Michael Wilson Becerril identifies, traces, and compares these dynamics to explain how similar cases can lead to contrasting outcomes-insights that may be usefully applied in other contexts to save lives and build better futures.
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Michael Wilson Becerril writes for the Reform Alliance and is a member of the board of directors of Our Climate. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University (2018-19) and holds a PhD in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
List of Figures and Tables Abstract Acknowledgements Dedication Introduction: Enacting Violence Chapter I: Between Violence and Not-Violence in Resource Extraction Chapter II: Everyday Life, Mining, and Conflict in Peru Chapter III: Tambo Grande: The Importance of Scaling Up . Chapter IV: La Zanja: When and How Coercion Works Chapter V: Lagunas Norte: What Does 'Corporate Social Responsibility' Do? Chapter VI: Cerro Corona: Dialogue and Depoliticization Chapter VII: Extractive Affects, Violence, and the Role of Outsiders Appendices Appendix 1: Theoretical Underpinnings Appendix 2: Notes on Methodology and Methods Bibliography Index