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Voting for the future


For countries in the global south, extractive industries can provide governments with a highway to economic development. However, in a unique and understudied phenomenon, seven local communities in Colombia have organised referendums as a result of which resource extraction has been halted altogether in their municipalities.

The objective of this project is to explain the role of referendums against extractive industries in articulating, or not, alternatives to extractives development. This study employs ethnographic fieldwork, including participant-observation, interviews, and photography, to allow an analysis of the practices and discourses of actors involved in referendums. These referendums in Colombia can provide insight into the wider trend of plebiscite democracy (e.g. recent referendums in Catalonia and the UK) as supplement to institutional democracy (i.e. centralised, technocratic), in which casting a vote means more than endorsement or rejection of a particular project.

Föreläsare: Nicolás Acosta is a cultural anthropologist. His work focuses on the political ecology of development, ecotourism, and biodiversity conservation on local, Afro-descendant, and indigenous peoples. He received his doctorate from the University of Oulu, Finland, and is a Marie Curie Fellow at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Datum: 2020-05-07

Tid: 10:15 - 12:00

Kategorier: Samhällsvetenskap

Arrangör: Environmental Social Science, School of Global Studies

Plats: Globala studier, Konstepidemins väg 2

Kontaktperson: Marie Thynell

Sidansvarig: Helena Svensson|Sidan uppdaterades: 2014-09-16

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