Latin American Perspectives: Ecological Struggle in Latin America: Development, Scarcity and Environmental Justice in the Wake of Globalization
Issue Editor: Pamela Stricker
In its second special issue on the environment, Latin American Perspectives examines the continuing environmental crisis in the wake of globalization and popular responses to the crisis. In doing so, we are looking for articles in five general categories: a) examination of conflicts (neoliberal and/or domestic) over resource scarcity (oil, water, timber, arable land, etc.); b) Latin American state responses and/or alternative visions to the environmental crisis; c) popular movements and activists struggling for environmental justice; d) analyses of causes of the ecological crisis (particularly those resulting from capitalist accumulation, globalization, neoliberal development), and e) analysis of the relationship between consumerism and materialism, resource use, pollution, neoliberal economic restructuring, and global distribution of wealth in Latin America.
States often respond to questions of poverty with environmentally destructive models of economic growth that exacerbate resource degradation and fail to bring about social justice for the poor, often under the threat of neoliberal economic restructuring. However, popular movements are attempting to reformulate the development debate by linking basic human needs and limits of nature. Further as natural resources decline or are appropriated by global capital forces, the resulting development fails to sustain either the local populace or the country’s natural resources.
Again, popular movements (and some states) have struggled against the neoliberal forces seeking to appropriate their natural resources. Finally, Latin Americans know that a “Better World is Possible,” that is, where environmental justice concerns of the populace are addressed.
In that spirit, we seek pieces that critically analyze the environmental crisis in one of the areas. We also welcome articles documenting and critically analyzing the struggles of Latin Americans struggling for environmental justice against the forces of global capital.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
1) Conflicts over resource scarcity
---Critical analysis of Latin American petroleum politics and the global quest for oil.
---Critical analysis of privatization of natural resources (e.g. water and Cochabamba)
---Critical analysis of conflicts over natural resources (imperial and/or domestic)
2) Alternative Visions and the Environmental Crisis
---Theoretical pieces recasting development to consider both human needs and sustainable conservation of natural resources (local, national or regional levels).
3) State Policies and Programs in Response to the Crisis
---Critical analysis of state policy and programs in response to the environmental crisis.
---Critical analysis of role of non-governmental organizations, international governmental agencies, etc. on development and environment.
4) Popular and Social Movements and Struggles around Environmental Crisis
--Theoretically grounded case studies of environmental activists and their struggles around the environmental crisis;
--Critical analysis of ecotourism efforts (failures and successes);
--Critical analysis of interconnectedness between indigenous peoples, indigenous knowledge, and environment, again placed within a theoretical framework and the realities of the Americas.
5) Sources of ecological crisis in Latin America
--Critical analysis of globalization and/or neoliberalism and the exacerbation of the ecological crisis
-- Critical analysis of environmental impacts of natural disasters on traditional development strategies (particularly those exacerbated by global warming)
--Critical analysis of impact of environmentally-destructive activities on health and well-being of population, (e.g. pollution, farmworker pesticide poisoning, global warming, destruction of rainforest, etc.)
6) Consumerism, pollution, resources and globalization
---Critical analysis of consumerism and materialism and environmental degradation in Latin America
---Critical analysis of neoliberal economic restructuring and resource use and/or access in Latin America.
Latin American Perspectives is a theoretical and scholarly journal for discussion and debate on the political economy of capitalism, imperialism, and socialism in the Americas. Therefore, we hope that potential contributors will situate their analyses of environmental issues within critical literature as well as those works seeking to push the literature in new directions.
Pamela Stricker is coordinating this issue. Prospective contributors should feel free to communicate with her at the following address:
Pamela Stricker, Ph.D.
Political Science Department
California State University, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages of double-spaced text in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. If possible, submit two copies along with a cover sheet and basic biographical information. With these items, we also require that the manuscript be sent on a CD-R, by e-mail, or on a floppy disk if the other formats are not available. The LAP style guide is available on request or online.
Please send any manuscript submissions to:
Managing Editor, Latin American Perspectives¸ P.O. Box 5703, Riverside, California 92517-5703
LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES
P.O. BOX 5703
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA 92517-5703
FAX to LAP (951) 827-5685
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