Journal article

“We Live From Mother Nature”: Neoliberal Globalization, Commodification, the “War on Drugs,” and Biodiversity in Colombia Since the 1990s

JM Chaves-Agudelo, S BATTERBURY, undefined Beilin, Ruth

SAGE Open | SAGE Publications | Published : 2015

Abstract

This article explores how macroeconomic and environmental policies instituted since the 1990s have altered meanings, imaginaries, and the human relationship to nature in Colombia. The Colombian nation-state is pluri-ethnic, multilingual, and megabiodiverse. In this context, indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombians, and some peasant communities survive hybridization of their cultures. They have developed their own ways of seeing, understanding, and empowering the world over centuries of European rule. However, threats to relatively discrete cultural meanings have increased since major changes in the 1990s, when Colombia experienced the emergence of new and modern interpretations of nature, such as..

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Grants

Awarded by Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS), Scholarship Program "Francisco Jose de Caldas"


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research and/or authorship of this article: This work was supported by the Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS), Scholarship Program “Francisco José de Caldas”