It is tempting to resort to the old cliché that “the more things change, the more they stay the same” upon first encountering Anthony Bebbington and Jeffrey Bury's volume on extraction in Latin America. The editors are acutely aware of the possibility, explaining explicitly what is new about this cycle of mining south of the US border. As it turns out, there is plenty that is novel, despite the fact that mining (if not oil) has a 500-year history in Latin America. There is good reason why the editors call the extraction boom that started in the 1990s a “super cycle,” what others call mega-mining. The territorial scale of mining projects is staggering, as open pit mines tear holes in the ground the size of villages. There are theoretical and empirical changes, also, that make this collection a primer to understand what...
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Myrna Santiago; Subterranean Struggles: New Dynamics of Mining, Oil, and Gas in Latin America. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 August 2015; 95 (3): 549–551. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-3088956
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