International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Gas and Development: Rural Territorial Dynamics in Tarija, Bolivia

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Framed by concepts of territorial project, social coalitions, and scalar relationships, we analyze rural territorial dynamics under conditions of rapid expansion in natural gas extraction. Analyzing recent economic, political, and territorial transformations of Bolivia's gas-rich region, Tarija, we argue that pre-existing territorial projects of a diverse set of subnational and national actors have: (i) shaped the influence of the gas industry on local dynamics; (ii) changed the scale relationships between local communities, the state, and companies; and (iii) mediated the transformation of territories in ways determined by the nature and aspirations of these territorial projects.

Publication Title

World Development

Publication Date

9-1-2015

Volume

73

First Page

105

Last Page

117

ISSN

0305-750X

DOI

10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.12.016

Keywords

Bolivia, extractive industries, Latin America, rural development, social coalitions, territory

Disciplines

International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Rural Sociology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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