(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Dispossession by accumulation? Mining, water and the nature of enclosure on the Bolivian Altiplano

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Dept. of Geography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, ETATS-UNIS


This paper examines processes of primitive accumulation and livelihood dispossession on the Bolivian Altiplano. It demonstrates that indigenous campesino community members are experiencing livelihood dispossession by way of accumulation of toxic sediments on agricultural fields; accumulation of water and water rights by mining firms; and accumulation of territory by mining operations. It concludes that full proletarianization is not taking place, and processes of dispossession are not a “fix” for an overaccumulation crisis. The paper argues for greater attention to the contingent role of nature's materiality in processes of dispossession and accumulation


Article of periodic

published at : Antipode / ISSN 0066-4812

Editor : Blackwell, Oxford - ROYAUME-UNI (1969)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 45, no5 [pp. 1050-1069]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 3 tabl., 1 carte



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1111/anti.12005

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