Economies of Representation: Communication, Conflict, and Mining in Guatemala.

Show simple item record Fultz, Katherine 2016-06-10T19:33:09Z NO_RESTRICTION 2016-06-10T19:33:09Z 2016 2016
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the ways that people engage in environmental and political debates, including how people make themselves and their positions visible at multiple scales. I focus on recent debates between indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations, government institutions, and transnational corporations over large-scale mining projects in Guatemala. Actors in these debates are engaged in an economy of representation that puts competing discourses about development, environment, and indigenous rights into contention with each other, creating disjunctures that allow for the creative reimagining of political subjectivities. Economies of representation operate at different scales—they are a set of linked practices through which actors produce, circulate, consume, and reinterpret media objects, contexts, discourses, and subjectivities. Debates over mining in Guatemala can be understood as a single economy of representation that pro- and anti-mining blocs each use to promote their own goals; these competing discourses are therefore intertwined, shaping and shaped by one another.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject development
dc.subject indigenous politics
dc.subject human rights
dc.subject environment
dc.subject communication
dc.subject social movements
dc.title Economies of Representation: Communication, Conflict, and Mining in Guatemala.
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename PhD
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline Anthropology
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
dc.contributor.committeemember Kirsch, Stuart A
dc.contributor.committeemember Hardin, Rebecca
dc.contributor.committeemember Meek, Barbra A
dc.contributor.committeemember Roberts, Elizabeth Fs
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Anthropology and Archaeology
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Social Sciences
dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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