Latin American Political Economy

Oil, Revolution, and Indigenous Citizenship in Ecuadorian Amazonia

Authors: Lu, Flora, Valdivia, Gabriela, Silva, Néstor L.

  • Examines the protection of Ecuador's marginalized indigenous populations and new forms of citizenship for indigenous Amazonian people 
  • Highlights Ecuador's recent shift in state-citizen relations and environmental policy, acknowledging pluriculturalism and nature's rights in a new constitution
  • Explores the investment of oil revenues in public projects across Ecuador and its effects
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This book addresses the political ecology of the Ecuadorian petro-state since the turn of the century and contextualizes state-civil society relations in contemporary Ecuador to produce an analysis of oil and Revolution in twenty-first century Latin America. Ecuador’s recent history is marked by changes in state-citizen relations: the election of political firebrand, Rafael Correa; a new constitution recognizing the value of pluriculturality and nature’s rights; and new rules for distributing state oil revenues. One of the most emblematic projects at this time is the Correa administration’s Revolución Ciudadana, an oil-funded project of social investment and infrastructural development that claims to blaze a responsible and responsive path towards wellbeing for all Ecuadorians. The contributors to this book examine the key interventions of the recent political revolution—the investment of oil revenues into public works in Amazonia and across Ecuador; an initiative to keep oil underground; and the protection of the country’s most marginalized peoples—to illustrate how new forms of citizenship are required and forged. Through a focus on Amazonia and the Waorani, this book analyzes the burdens and opportunities created by oil-financed social and environmental change, and how these alter life in Amazonian extraction sites and across Ecuador.

About the authors

Flora Lu is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Provost of Colleges Nine and Ten at University of California, Santa Cruz, USA.
Gabriela Valdivia is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and Fellow at the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
Néstor L. Silva is Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University, USA. 

Reviews

“The book’s treatment of oil extraction and Ecuador’s Revolución Ciudadana is both original and multifaceted: an ethnography of the relations among Waorani, the State, and oil firms, as they are enacted through notions of citizenship and the regime’s ‘habits of oil rule’. Without taking easy sides, the book admirably discusses the aporias of ‘the Turn to the Left,’ contributing to explain why some of these experiments are coming to an end.” (Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Road to the Revolución Ciudadana

    Lu, Flora (et al.)

    Pages 1-32

  • In and Out of the Shadows of Citizenship

    Lu, Flora (et al.)

    Pages 35-68

  • The Habits of Oil Rule

    Lu, Flora (et al.)

    Pages 69-99

  • The Problem of Poverty

    Lu, Flora (et al.)

    Pages 101-129

  • Oil as Risk in Waorani Territory

    Lu, Flora (et al.)

    Pages 133-178

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Oil, Revolution, and Indigenous Citizenship in Ecuadorian Amazonia
Authors
Series Title
Latin American Political Economy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53362-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53362-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56462-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 296
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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