Book release: Mining the Amazon – Large-scale mining and conflicts in the south of Ecuador

Minería a gran escala y conflictos en el Sur del Ecuador (Mining the Amazon: Large-scale mining and conflicts in south of Ecuador)

Edited by Karolien van Teijlingen, Esben Leifsen, Consuelo Fernández-Salvador and Luis Sánchez-Vázquez
Published in Quito by Editorial USFQ and Ediciones Abya-Yala, September 2017
ISBN: 9789978681121, Pb. 404p.

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About the book:
As the first large-scale mineral mine of Ecuador, the Mirador project in the Ecuadorian Amazon has become an emblematic spearhead of both the country’s new resource politics and the movements resisting extraction. This book bundles the work of various political ecology-inspired scholars who followed and studied this project over the last decade, and engages with the territorial conflicts, water battles, identity politics, gender dynamics, participation processes and the politics of knowledge characterizing the case. Based on a wealth of empirical data, the authors critically reflect on the implications of the expanding large-scale mining sector in Ecuador, the country’s new mining politics and the complex power-laden processes that shape the relationships between government, companies, local populations and the environment. As such, this edited volume provides thought-provoking and unique insights into the conflicts and dynamics on the expanding mining frontier in Ecuador, Latin America and beyond.

About the editors:
• Karolien van Teijlingen is PhD candidate at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development (GPIO) and the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) of the University of Amsterdam
• Esben Leifsen is associate professor at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences
• Consuelo Fernández-Salvador is associate professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and PhD candidate at the Institute for Social Studies of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam
• Luis Sánchez-Vázquez is researcher at the Institute of Peace and Conflicts at the Granada University

Soon available at the CEDLA library in Amsterdam (see and university libraries in Ecuador. For book purchase:

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