Extracting Histories: Mining, Workers, and Environment


The current mining “boom” in Latin America is the latest reincarnation of a colonial era business that intensified with industrialization in the nineteenth century. The continuities in the practice are as striking as the breaks are remarkable. The technologies of extraction have changed dramatically. Yet in keeping with historical trends, the industry has provoked intense social conflict due to its impact on nature, workers’ bodies, and local communities.

DOI: doi.org/10.5282/rcc/6268