Inversión en energías eólicas en el Istmo de Tehuantepec: Continuidad del colonialismo interno en las disputas territoriales

Translated title of the contribution: Investment in Wind Energy in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec: Continuity of Internal Colonialism in Territorial Disputes

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Abstract

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 contributionInvestment in Wind Energy in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec: Continuity of Internal Colonialism in Territorial Disputes
Original languageSpanish
JournalIberoamericana, Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Volume50
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)40-52
Number of pages13
ISSN0046-8444
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Internal colonialism
  • Human rights
  • Zapotecs
  • Wind energy
  • Mexico

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