International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Extraction, Territory, and Inequalities: Gas in the Bolivian Chaco

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Conflicts over extractive industry have emerged as one of the most visible and potentially explosive terrains for struggles over distribution, territory, and inequality in the Andes. We explore these relationships in Bolivia, focusing on gas extraction in the Chaco region of the southeastern department of Tarija. We consider how the expansion of extractive industry intersects with territorializing projects of state, sub-national elites, and indigenous actors as well as with questions of inequality and inequity. We conclude that arguments over the territorial constitution of Bolivia are inevitably also arguments over gas and the contested concepts of equity underlying its governance. © Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 2010. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Canadian Journal of Development Studies

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Volume

30

Issue

1-2

First Page

259

Last Page

280

ISSN

0225-5189

DOI

10.1080/02255189.2010.9669291

Keywords

Bolivia, extractive industries, inequality, Latin America, territory

Disciplines

Inequality and Stratification | International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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