ACTIVITY in Latin America has exploded over the
past decade and a half. Investors have responded to
neo-liberal policies of deregulation,
privatization, state-downsizing, and export
promotion encouraged by leading capitalist nations
and international financial institutions such as
the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
The result, predictably, has been sharp conflicts
between the communities affected by mining and
their advocates on one side, and the transnational
mining companies supported by the local state and
the Canadian government on the other.
This collection, the
most comprehensive in the English-language to date,
investigates these conflicts in Bolivia, Chile,
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, and Nicaragua.
Contributors address the related sustainable
development, community, corporate, legal, and
social issues. A valuable contribution to Latin
American development studies, this collection will
be of interest to students and specialists in
the field, journalists, NGOs, and policymakers.
Liisa North is
Professor Emeritus of Political Science at York
University. Timothy David Clark is a
professor of anthropology at the Catholic
University of Temuco, Chile, and the Adjunct
Director, Center for Sustainable Development in
Temuco. Viviana Patroni is a professor of
social sciences and the Director of the Centre for
Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York