SpringerBriefs in Latin American Studies

Dams, Displacement and Development

Perspectives from Río Negro, Guatemala

Authors: Einbinder, Nathan

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  • Provides a unique, in-depth look at the effects of mega-development projects in the developing world
  • Includes open-ended interviews with members of the Guatemalan community in Río Negro who were displaced by the construction of the Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam
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Using the case of the Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam in Guatemala, constructed between 1978 and 1983, this book examines the effects of displacement on the former residents of Río Negro, a community forcibly evicted and nearly eliminated by the military and paramilitary. Using open-ended interview discussions and testimonies, it focuses on this specific incident of displacement and violence and discusses the outcomes 30 years later. Guatemala’s history is plagued by development projects that resulted in displacement, violence, and increased marginalization of its indigenous and non-indigenous populations. In order to make way for development initiatives such as the production of bananas, African palm, coffee and sugar cane; the extraction of metals such as gold and nickel; or, in this specific case, the construction of a hydroelectric dam, the land-based, predominately Maya campesinos have been systematically uprooted from the lands of their birth and launched into uncertainty.

The research findings presented, based on fieldwork conducted from January to April 2009, suggest that the majority of survivors from the massacres that took place are still adversely affected by the destruction of their families and livelihoods. While the circumstances pertaining to this event are unique, similar struggles over land and human rights continue into the present — and if policies remain unchanged, in both international development agencies as well as the Guatemalan government, clashes of this nature only increase in time.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook £31.99
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Softcover £39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51510-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dams, Displacement and Development
Book Subtitle
Perspectives from Río Negro, Guatemala
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Latin American Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51511-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51511-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-51510-6
Series ISSN
2366-763X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 94
Number of Illustrations
7 illustrations in colour
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