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- DescriptionAt the foot of the Argentine Andes, bulldozers are destroying forests and homes to create soy fields in an area already strewn with rubble from previous waves of destruction and violence. Based on ethgraphic research in this region where the mountains give way to the Gran Chaco lowlands, Gaston R. Gordillo shows how geographic space is inseparable from the material, historical, and affective ruptures embodied in debris. His exploration of the significance of rubble encompasses lost cities, derelict train stations, overgrown Jesuit missions and Spanish forts, stranded steamships, mass graves, and razed forests. Examining the effects of these and other forms of debris on the people living on nearby ranches and farms, and in towns, Gordillo emphasizes that for the rural poor, the rubble left in the wake of capitalist and imperialist endeavors is t romanticized ruin but the material manifestation of the violence and dislocation that created it.
- Author BiographyGaston R. Gordillo is Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Landscapes of Devils: Tensions of Place and Memory in the Argentinean Chaco, also published by Duke University Press.
- Author(s)Gaston R. Gordillo
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication30/07/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note62 photographs, 3 maps
- Weight558 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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