Driving development in the Amazon: extending infrastructural citizenship with political ecology in Bolivia

Jessica Hope*

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Abstract

In this paper, I extend the analytical framework of infrastructural citizenship with political ecology and reorientate analysis to rural geographies, extractive infrastructure and indigenous territorial movements. Drawing from recent fieldwork in Bolivia, I argue that an extended conceptual framework of ‘infrastructural ecological citizenship’ better acknowledges the multiple, changing and contested ways that people and rural places co-exist and how these relationships are being reworked as infrastructure and citizenship are co-constituted. I use this framework to analyse a conflict over road building in an indigenous territory and national park in lowland Bolivia – the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (Territorio Indígena y Parque Nacional Isiboro Sécure; TIPNIS), revealing how the road building project weakened the pre-existing political and material infrastructures that underpinned modes of indigenous territorial citizenship within Bolivia’s Plurinational State, as well as foregrounding how transnational extractive capital has shaped negotiations of territorial place-based citizenship in the TIPNIS. In doing so, I contribute to debates on infrastructural citizenship, resource extraction and sustainable development, revealing the ongoing potency of place-based claims on land and related claims for territorial citizenship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-542
Number of pages23
JournalEnvironment and Planning E: Nature and Space
Volume5
Issue number2
Early online date3 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Sustainability development
  • Infrastructure
  • Political ecology
  • Indigeneity
  • Citizenship

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