Indigenous Life Projects and Extractivism. Ethnographies from South America
María Guzmán-Gallegos and Astrid B. Stensrud have published chapters that deal with abandoned oil installations, water resources and life projects. Both contributions are based on fieldwork in Peru.
The volume examines indigenous life-making projects in the encounter with extractivist politics and operations. The book explores how alternative politics of nature are negotiated and mediated in arenas where the extractive industries increasingly privatize and commodify natural resources. María Guzmán-Gallegos’ chapter is called “Controlling Abandoned Oil Installations: Ruination and Ownership in Northern Peruvian Amazonia”. She examines the Kichwa’s attempts to take control over abandoned oil installations and toxic waste. She argues that these acts are a rejection of state institutions’ and oil corporations’ negation of the Kichwa’s existence; such attempts also actualize divergent notions and enactments of ownership. In the chapter called “Water as Resource and Being: Water Extractivism and Life Projects in Peru”, Astrid B. Stensrud discusses the extraction of economic value from water in infrastructural mega-projects. She examines the implications of an irrigation project for Quechua-speaking farmers in the Andes, and how they make claims to water and land based on particular notions of belonging and ownership.