Unearthing women's anti-mining activism in the Andes: Pachamama and the "Mad Old Women"

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Abstract

Women play an important role in social activism challenging the expansion of extractive industries across Latin America. In arguing that this involvement has been largely unrecognised, this paper explores Andean Peruvian and Ecuadorian women's accounts of their activism and the particular gendered narratives that the women deploy in explaining and legitimising this activism. These discussions contribute to understanding the patterning of grassroots activism and making visible the gendered micro-politics of resistance and struggle around natural resource use, as well as to understanding the gendered and strategic ways in which women contest dominant discourses of development. Resumen Las mujeres juegan un papel importante en el activismo social contra la expansion de las industrias extractivas en America Latina. Este articulo propone que esta contribucion no ha sido suficientemente reconocida, y examina los relatos de mujeres andinas del Peru y Ecuador sobre su activismo. Ademas, este trabajo analiza la narrativa que usan las mujeres para explicar y legitimar su activismo, basado particularmente en ciertas relaciones de genero. Estas ideas ayudan a elucidar las formas que adopta el activismo de base, y a visibilizar la influencia del genero en la micro-politica de resistencia y lucha en relacion a la explotacion de los recursos naturales. Tambien contribuyen al entendimiento de como el genero influye en las estrategias con que las mujeres presentan objeciones a los discursos de desarrollo mas dominantes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-460
JournalAntipode
Volume47
Issue number2
Early online date11 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

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