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Environment and Citizenship in Latin America: Natures, Subjects and Struggles

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Volume 101

CEDLA Latin America Studies

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Environment and Citizenship in Latin America

Natures, Subjects and Struggles

Edited by Alex Latta and Hannah Wittman
Published in Association with the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA), Amsterdam

262 pages, 1 table, 2 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-747-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (July 2012)

ISBN  978-1-78238-909-5 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (January 2015)

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“This book is a major contribution to our understanding of environmental politics in Latin America. The chapters present a wealth of original research that shows that environmental concerns are part of the daily life of indigenous populations and other grassroots groups. The theoretical frame of environmental citizenship provides a compelling way for thinking about how their environmental demands are closely linked to their national identity, political participation, land and resources.”  ·  Kathryn Hochstetler, University of Waterloo


Scholarship related to environmental questions in Latin America has only recently begun to coalesce around citizenship as both an empirical site of inquiry and an analytical frame of reference. This has led to a series of new insights and perspectives, but few efforts have been made to bring these various approaches into a sustained conversation across different social, temporal and geographic contexts. This volume is the result of a collaborative endeavour to advance debates on environmental citizenship, while simultaneously and systematically addressing broader theoretical and methodological questions related to the particularities of studying environment and citizenship in Latin America. Providing a window onto leading scholarship in the field, the book also sets an ambitious agenda to spark further research.

Alex Latta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Hannah Wittman is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia

CEDLA Homepage
Subject: Environmental Studies (General) Anthropology (General)
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean


List of Tables and Photos


Chapter 1. Citizens, Society and Nature: Sites of Inquiry, Points of Departure
Alex Latta and Hannah Wittman

Section One:  Assembling Nature’s Citizens

Chapter 2. Environmental Citizenship and Climate Security: Contextualizing Violence and Citizenship in Amazonian Peru
Andrew Baldwin and Judy Meltzer

Chapter 3. Multi-Scale Environmental Citizenship: Traditional Populations and Protected Areas in Brazil
Fábio de Castro

Chapter 4. "Sin Maíz No Hay País”: Citizenship and Environment in Mexico's Food Sovereignty Movement
Analiese Richard

Chapter 5. Social Participation and the Politics of Climate in Northeast Brazil
Renzo Taddei

Section Two: Environmental Marginality and the Struggle for Justice

Chapter 6. Negotiating Citizenship in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala
Juanita Sundberg

Chapter 7. Peru’s Amazonian Imaginary: Marginality, Territory and National Integration
María Teresa Grillo and Tucker Sharon

Chapter 8. Citizenship regimes and post-neoliberal environments in Bolivia
Jason Tockman

Chapter 9. Chile is Timber Country: Citizenship, Justice and Scale in the Chilean Native Forest Market Campaign
Adam Henne and Teena Gabrielson

Section Three:  Citizens, Environmental Governance and the State

Chapter 10. Access Denied: Urban Highways, Deliberate Improvisation and Political Impasse in Santiago, Chile
Enrique R. Silva

Chapter 11. Environmental Collective Action, Justice and Institutional Change in Argentina
María Gabriela Merlinsky and Alex Latta

Chapter 12. Environmentalism as an Arena for Political Participation in Northern Argentina
Brian Ferrero

Chapter 13. Legislating “Rights for Nature” in Ecuador: The Mediated Social Construction of Human/Nature Dualisms
Juliet Pinto

List of Acronyms
List of Contributors

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