Negotiating belonging and place: an exploration of mestiza women’s everyday resistance in Cajamarca, Peru.

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Abstract

Since 1993, the Cajamarca region of Peru has been home to the Yanacocha gold mine, associated with environmental degradation, negative health impacts, and socio-economic consequences. In 2012, large-scale protests broke out across the region over the newly proposed Conga mine. Increasingly, scholarship is devoted to recognizing socio-environmental struggles outside of mass-mobilization and public protests; at the local, household and everyday level, often performed over much longer timescales. In this context, I critically explore the everyday resistance of mestiza-identifying women in Cajamarca city. Through a discussion of how their on-going resistance critically constructs who/what belongs in place, and who/what is ‘other’/‘stranger’, I analyse how they mobilise gendered local values and knowledge to continue opposing large-scale mining in the aftermath of the Conga conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-48
JournalHuman Geography
Volume13
Issue number1
Early online date30 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

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