Governments and companies argue that investing in wind energy contributes to global sustainable development and ecological conservation. However, vulnerable groups, such as indigenous peoples - traditionally excluded and marginalized - suffer the consequences of wind energy investment. This is a historical continuity of oppression and repression of indigenous peoples by elite groups, conceptualized as “Internal colonialism”. This article, based on a longitudinal study (2013–2021) developed in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca (Mexico), discusses the internal colonialism exerted on vulnerable communities in relation to wind investments in the region. It also provides a historical perspective on the dispute over indigenous communal land in the conflictive dynamics of such investments. The study provides a critical analysis of the interaction between vulnerable groups and elite groups (individuals with government or business power).
|Translated title of the contribution||Investment in Wind Energy in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec: Continuity of Internal Colonialism in Territorial Disputes|
|Journal||Iberoamericana, Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- Internal colonialism
- Human rights
- Wind energy