MINE : A public ethnography of the case of Minera San Xavier in Cerro de San Pedro, Mexico

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2018-01-22
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Annand, Amanda
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Canadian companies lead the world in the development of mineral commodities and mining is crucial to the Canadian economy. Recent research shows instances of civilian criminalization, injury, and even death in connection to Canadian mining companies operating across Latin America. This project explores issues related to conflicts between Canadian mining interests and local communities through a public ethnography of the case of Minera San Xavier in Cerro de San Pedro, San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The results challenge the often-polarized discourse on mining by creating space for narratives based on the communities’ experiences, which prove to be more nuanced. The end discussion offers insights into the socio-economic and political factors underpinning mining conflict and the role of public ethnography in deepening our understanding of these issues.
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