Bruno Latour: Modernity is Politically a Dangerous Goal

In November 2014, Bruno Latour visited Chile to participate in the Puerto de Ideas festival in Valparaíso. During his visit he generously met to talk about his work with some local followers. Verdeseo had the opportunity to interview him and discuss various details of his prolific career.

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The expression of politics in bushfires

Bushfires are also political phenomena: what happens before, during and after the bushfire is an expression of power relationships, related to different valuation languages that govern land use.

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Emotional Political Ecology — Personal being political and vice-versa

I am an environmentalist and environmental scientist with training in psychology and therapy. That’s why in my academic work I also aim to deal with or to be aware of “the emotional” in environmental conflicts. This may sound strange and perhaps difficult, both in theory and in practice. However, these weeks of fieldwork have shown me that in order to talk about emotions in the context of environmental conflicts, one does not need to go faraway.

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Towards a non-elitist Constitution

The controversy for a new constitution has been reaching momentum. Nonetheless, the threat of elitism has installed itself with great force jeopardizing the possibilities of a new and fundamental charter to give room to a regulation founded substantively upon justice.

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The open veins of Tocopilla

Places like Coronel, Punta Arenas, Aysen, Arica and Tocopilla have risen lately en Chile. They demonstrate that numbers and development do not go beyond the average that drags with it the margins, hiding behind the postcards of precarious life conditions of many inhabitants of towns and cities in this latinamerican country.

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Christianity, social tolerance and same-sex marriage

It is well known that homosexuality was a completely accepted option among the Greeks. This sexual orientation was even recognized in important Greek gods like Zeus, who kidnapped the hunter Ganymede to make him his cupbearer and companion. The peoples of Hellas deified for centuries this figure lifting statues of all kinds. Some would say that is simple literature, but the reply is no, this was not at all distant to reality.

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Who owns it?

Some time ago this question launched a research project that aimed at classifying and understanding different types of land claims in Latin America. Shortly afterwards the question started to bother me: it assumes that land and natural resources can be appropriated and traded, whereas the origin of the conflict many times stems from our denial of other ontologies and ways of understanding and relating with the environment.

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Grow first, share later: a reflection around unequal salary and minimum wage in Chile

On May 1st the International Workers’ Day is celebrated in Chile and in many other countries. This day commemorates the struggle of the United States worker’s movement of 1886. Due to the historic demands of workers asking for improved labor conditions, I would like to analyze data that illustrates the unequal salary in Chile and reflect upon the need for a better minimum wage as a tool to overcome poverty.

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Pascua Lama in Barrick Gold’s Strategy

In the triangle of state-community-company that constitute the main subjects of political ecology studies, the company remains an obscure entity. This article reveals the workings of the gold mining industry and its intersection with finance capital, and the shifting priorities and alliances within the firm (Barrick Gold) that enabled and constrained the Pascua Lama project.

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What heals in healing? Health as a relational experience

Medicine frequently fails when an exclusively technical logic of treatment lets the experiential dimension of illness aside. This shortcoming can explain several health systems’ inefficiencies. Thus, it is not surprising that the conversational dimension of health, expressed in the healer/healed relation, is being addressed by unconventional medicines.

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