Women’s organizing against extractivism: towards a decolonial multi-sited analysis

Título traducido de la contribución: La organización de las mujeres contra el extractivismo. Hacia un análisis decolonial de múltiples ubicaciones

Martina Angela Caretta, Sofia Zaragocin, Bethani Turley, Kamila Torres Orellana

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In Anglophone geography, proposals have called for the decolonization of geographical knowledge production to be focused on tangible and material manifestations of how dialogue is initiated and mediated among different ontologies and epistemologies. We strive to respond to this call by empirically cutting across the American continent to highlight the embodied and transnational dimensions of natural resource extraction. Across the Americas, extractive industries’ water usage often brings corporations into prolonged conflicts with local communities, who mobilize to resist the initiation and/or expansion of extractive activities that they view as threatening to their health, way of life, and their families and communities’ territories. Through two case studies from West Virginia (WV), USA, and Cuenca, Ecuador, we propose an analytical framework capturing how women organize against the extractive industry as a result of embodied water pollution. We do this with the aim of decolonizing geographical knowledge production, as we propose a decolonial, multi-sited analytical approach, which serves to rethink the scale of effects of extractive industry. By showing how resource extraction affects women’s bodies and water while also effectively allowing us to compare and contrast embodied water relations in WV and Ecuador, we better understand how extractivism works across scales—the body, the environment, and transnationally. We contend that a multi-sited approach disrupts the North–South geographical discursive divide and furthers a decolonial geographical approach in making apparent the embodied production and lived experience of territory across various scales. In this piece, we promote debates on decoloniality within Anglophone geography by proposing that we must not only consider epistemologies and spatial ontologies outside the western canon, but engage with practices and theories occurring in different parts of the globe in a simultaneous fashion as well. We call on fellow geographers to do the same.

Título traducido de la contribuciónLa organización de las mujeres contra el extractivismo. Hacia un análisis decolonial de múltiples ubicaciones
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)49-59
Número de páginas11
PublicaciónHuman Geography(United Kingdom)
Volumen13
N.º1
DOI
EstadoPublicada - mar. 2020

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