Organising in defence of life: The emergence and dynamics of a territorial movement in Southern Chile

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to examine how territorial movements, as distinct forms of place-based social movements, organise in defence of life against the threat of resource extraction on their land. Based on the experiences of Indigenous Lafkenche-Mapuche members of a protracted struggle against a pulp mill in southern Chile, the study seeks to address the following research questions: (1) How do territorial movements emerge and organise the defence of their threatened lives? and (2) How do diverging (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) territorial relations shape the dynamics of the struggle? Combining insights from Enrique Dussel’s ‘ethics of liberation’ with that of Indigenous ontologies, this study suggests that territorial movements emerge out of the awakening of a critical consciousness of the threat of death and the collective ‘desire to live’ that define the dynamics of the struggle. The findings demonstrate how the diverging territorial relations, the societally embedded ‘coloniality of power’, and the state and corporate induced violence shape the movement dynamics. Changes in the movement dynamics also occur as a result of the struggle itself, as the movement actors’ unified desire to live continuously transforms the people and shapes the territory they inhabit.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalOrganization
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
ISSN1350-5084
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29.10.2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • ethics of liberation
  • indigenous knowledges
  • resistance
  • social movements
  • storytelling
  • territorial struggles

Sustainable Development Goals

  • GOAL 15: Life on Land
  • GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • GOAL 06: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  • GOAL 03: Good Health and Well-being

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising

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