Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781783600922 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
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Contested Powers

The Politics of Energy and Development in Latin America

Edited by John-Andrew McNeish, Axel Borchgrevink, and Owen Logan

Contested Powers

Edited by John-Andrew McNeish, Axel Borchgrevink, and Owen Logan

Distributed for Zed Books

304 pages | 10 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781783600922 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783600939 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Contested Powers looks specifically at the role of fossil fuels and renewable energy in the economic development of countries in Latin America. The contributors to this volume argue that the two currently dominant approaches to energy policy—either a focus on energy conservation or a focus on creating renewable energy resources—are actually two sides of the same coin. Both approaches are hindered by an underlying division of labor and capital that puts the means for ecologically sound technological advancement in the hands of a minority. The essays in Contested Powers go beyond Latin America to demonstrate that the key to addressing climate change and sustainable development around the globe is to first address the relationship between political and financial power and energy use and resources.
Contents
Introduction: Recovering Power from Energy: Reconsidering the Linkages between Energy and Development in Latin America and Beyond - John Andrew McNeish, Owen Logan & Axel Borchgrevink

Part One: Lifeworlds and Energetic States

 1. Socio-environmental conflicts and territorial disputes in Guatemala: Petroleum exploitation in the Maya Biosphere Reserve - Virgilio Reyes, FLACSO Guatemala

 2. Petroleum activity and environmental injustice in Venezuela: an ethnography of of the community of Punta Cardon - Maria Victoria Canino, IVIC Venezuela

 3. Conflict over Windfarms, Oaxaca, Mexico - Dominic Boyer, Rice University, USA

Part Two: National Visions and Contested Strategies

 4. Gracias a Dios y al gobierno! Electric power struggles and discourses in Nicaraguan politics -  Axel Borchgrevink, HIOA Norway

 5. The politics of distributing hydrocarbon rents in Bolivia: The Gasolinazo of 2010 - Fernanda Wanderley, CIDES UMSA Bolivia

 6. The Pre-Salt of the Earth? Social and political struggles over Brazil's newfound oil - Einar Braathen, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR).

Part Three: Porous Borders

 7. Contested Powers: Energy Choices and Energy Struggles in Latin America - John-Andrew McNeish, UMB &CMI Norway

 8. Sovereign Loss, Sovereign Things: The smuggling of energy resources from Bolivia to Peru - Cecilie Odegaard, UiB Norway

 9. Doing Well in the Eyes of Capital: Neoliberal Therapeutics from Venezuela to Scotland - Owen Logan, University of Aberdeen

 10. The Emperor's New Clothes: Biofuels Discourse in Brazil - Donald Sawyer, Center for Sustainable Development (CDS), University of Brasilia

Conclusion: Resource Sovereignties and the limits of 'Latin America'

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