Published February 22, 2018 | Version v1
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Water conflicts, violence, and capitalist territorialisation in Latin America (In Spanish)

  • 1. Autonomous University of Mexico City
  • 2. National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 3. Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO),Mexico City, Mexico
  • 4. Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Mexico
  • 5. El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 6. Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico
  • 7. National University of the Northeast, Argentina


This dossier has been published as Volume 4, Number 4 of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Working Papers (

This is the first issue developed by members of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network’s Thematic Area 10, Water and Violence ( It is based on papers first presented at the session “Water and violence: scenarios and manifestations in Latin America”, during the Network’s VIII International Meeting, that took place in San Jose, Costa Rica, on 3-7 April 2017 ( The papers are the result of ongoing research covering cases from Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico, which exemplify the wide range of forms of violence being exercised against local communities, mainly related to the rapid expansion of extractivist activities including large-scale open cast mining, building of large dams for hydroelectricity or the territorial spread of hydrocarbon production through new technological developments, among other. The papers provide supporting evidence for the increasing claims made in the relevant literature showing that violence is too often the result of a connivance between governments, extractivist industries and organized criminal gangs, which account for the considerable number of people being tortured, disappeared or even murdered in Latin America for defending their territories, natural resources, and living conditions. The authors also address successful cases of community resistance against the violent expropriation of their territories and living conditions, which are imposed on them by aggressive neoliberal reforms that are highly undemocratic and regressive in socio-economic and political terms.



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