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Socio-environmental Conflicts in Latin America
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In recent years throughout Latin America there has been a notable expansion of conflicts centered on environmental issues in a variety of forms, with mining the one that has attracted most publicity. Although one might draw a parallel with what had previously happened in the U.S. when environmental movements began to emerge, in the case of Latin America the situation was different: the claims were mixed with deep social, ethnic and economic marginalization and a sense of territoriality of the groups involved was very evident. Hoping to bring together studies from around the continent, and with different approaches, in February 2012 a framework was organized at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers --a double session under the title Socio-environmental Conflicts in Latin America, in which nine papers were presented, with invited commentators Karl Zimmerer and Anthony Bebbington. The discussions that took place and the interest aroused by those present in the subject led me to raise the possibility with David Robinson of publishing the papers in a special issue of JLAG, and thus authors were set to the task of producing full papers. For various reasons only five were able to submit their final versions, which are to be found in this issue of the JLAG.

I thank all of the authors for their efforts, and especially David Robinson for his invaluable editorial assistance.

Desde hace unos años en toda América Latina es notable la expansión de los conflictos centrados en temas ambientales de muy diverso tipo, aunque el tema minero fue el que atrajo mayor publicidad. Si bien de alguna manera se podría hacer un paralelo con lo que había sucedido en su momento en los EEUU cuando comenzaban a surgir los movimientos ambientalistas, en el caso de América Latina la situación era diferente: los reclamos se mezclaban con largas marginaciones sociales, étnicas y económicas y el sentido de territorialidad de los sectores involucrados era muy evidente. Ante la posibilidad de convocar trabajos de distintos lugares del continente y con diferentes enfoques, en febrero de 2012 se organizó en el marco de la reunión anual de la AAG una sesión doble con el nombre de "Socio-environmental Conflicts in Latin America", en la cual se presentaron nueve ponencias, contando como comentaristas a Karl Zimmerer y Anthony Bebbington. Las discusiones que se desarrollaron y el interés que el tema despertaba en los asistentes me llevaron a plantearle a David Robinson la posibilidad de publicar las ponencias en un solo número, y a partir de allí nos pusimos a la tarea de pedir los trabajos a los autores. Por diversas circunstancias finalmente solo cinco pudieron llegar a presentar su versión final, que son las que se pueden encontrar en este número de la JLAG.

Agradezco a todos ellos su empeño, y especialmente, a David Robinson por su inapreciable ayuda.

Copyright © 2012 Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers
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Carlos Reboratti. "Socio-environmental Conflicts in Latin America." Journal of Latin American Geography 11.2 (2012): 1-1. Project MUSE. Web. 27 Jan. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Reboratti, C.(2012). Socio-environmental Conflicts in Latin America. Journal of Latin American Geography 11(2), 1. Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. Retrieved January 27, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Carlos Reboratti. "Socio-environmental Conflicts in Latin America." Journal of Latin American Geography 11, no. 2 (2012): 1-1. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed January 27, 2013).
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