Power in the Southern Cone Borderlands: An Anthropology of Development Practice by Carmen Alice Ferradas (Hardback, 1998)
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- DescriptionDevelopment is t an all-powerful machinery imposing its will upon powerless actors. Rather, it is a complex process that brings together multiple actors with diverse agendas. Participants' power in affecting outcomes results from their ability to mobilize discursive and material resources and to control and manipulate time and spatial contexts. This work critically examines development practices and various forms of collective action based on detailed ethgraphical analysis of the Yacyreta hydroelectric project. The story unfolds in the borderlands of Paraguay and Argentina in the heart of the Latin American Southern Cone where local political cultures are responding to global forces that w dictate ecomic integration. Although relatively unkwn today to the world, this area promises to exert a strong global impact in the near future. The saga of the Yacyreta hydroelectric project on the Argentina-Paraguay border t only illustrates the radical change in the power dynamics of the Latin American Southern Cone region, but also reflects the transformation of development discourse and practice during the last decades. It examines the relationship between the weakened role of the nation-state in decision making and the emergence of ngovernmental organizations and grassroots movements as key development actors. Because the Yacyreta dam is being built in the borderlands of two countries as a binational undertaking, it threatens the boundedness of nation-states precisely where sovereignty is traditionally guarded-the national frontiers. Under these and other global challenges of deterritorialation such as processes of regional integration encouraged by Mercosur (Common Market of the South), popular conflicts have become spatialized, reflecting both the resilience of national imaginings and histories of exclusion and exploitation. This study demystifies populist and romanticized academic constructions of subaltern groups. It shows that the outcomes of popular struggles can be one of accomodation and cooperation and t resistance. Nonetheless, they constitute serious threats to planned development. It challenges current approaches in development that advocate participation, empowerment, and communication.
- Author BiographyCARMEN A. FERRADAS is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University, State University of New York. She has taught at the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires and at the Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Argentina.
- Author(s)Carmen Alice Ferradas
- Date of Publication23/07/1998
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteindex
- Weight594 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine25 mm
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