The last two decades have witnessed a dramatic expansion and intensification of mineral resource exploitation and development across the global south, especially in Latin America. This shift has brought mining more visibly into global public debates and spurred a great deal of controversy and conflict. This volume assembles new scholarship that provides critical perspectives on these issues.

The book marshals original, empirical work from leading social scientists in a variety of disciplines to address a range of questions about the practices of mining companies on the ground, the impacts of mining on host communities, and the responses to mining from communities, civil society and states. The book further explores the global and international causes, consequences and innovations of this new era of mining activity in Latin America. Key issues include the role of Canadian mining companies and their investment in the region, and, to a lesser extent, the role of Chinese mining capital. Several chapters take a regional perspective, while others are based on empirical data from specific countries including Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru.

part I|24 pages


chapter 1|22 pages

From global peripheries to the earth's core

The new extraction in Latin America
ByMichael L. Dougherty

part II|56 pages

Conceptual approaches to excavating the new extraction

chapter 3|18 pages

The new extractivism, raw materialism and twenty-first century mining in Latin America

ByPaul S. Ciccantell, Daniel Patten

chapter 4|18 pages

Post-neoliberalism in Latin America

Continuities and discontinuities in regimes of extraction
ByLiisa L. North, Ricardo Grinspun, Carlos Larrea

part III|58 pages

The role of Canadian capital in Latin American extraction

chapter 5|17 pages

Scarcity and control

The new extraction and Canada's mineral resource protection network
ByMichael L. Dougherty

chapter 6|16 pages

Rethinking ‘Canadian mining imperialism’ in Latin America

ByJ. Z. Garrod, Laura Macdonald

chapter 7|23 pages

Canadian capital, mining taxation and the return of some (strong) states

ByPablo Heidrich, Paola Ortiz Loaiza

part IV|88 pages

Innovations on the ground: privatisation, people and governance

chapter 8|19 pages

Mining movements and political horizons in the Andes

Articulation, democratisation, and worlds otherwise
ByBret Gustafson, Natalia Guzmán Solano

chapter 9|22 pages

Extractive industries and the global human rights regime for businesses

The Marlin Human Rights Impact Assessment
ByKalowatie Deonandan, Jennifer Morgan
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part V|44 pages

Jurisprudence and the new extraction

chapter 12|21 pages

The rise of the corporate investment rights regime and ‘extractive exceptionalism’

Evidence from El Salvador
BySarah Anderson, Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Michael L. Dougherty

chapter 13|21 pages

Impeding access to justice

Establishing civil jurisdiction in Canadian courts in the global extractive economy
ByBernadette Maheandiran

part VI|13 pages

Conclusion and ways forward

chapter 14|11 pages

The role of women and international non-governmental organisations in the resistance to the new extraction in Latin America

The unexplored dimensions
ByKalowatie Deonandan, Rebecca Tatham