Contested value and an ethics of resources: water, mining and indigenous people in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Babidge, Sally (2015) Contested value and an ethics of resources: water, mining and indigenous people in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 27 1: 84-103. doi:10.1111/taja.12139


Author Babidge, Sally
Title Contested value and an ethics of resources: water, mining and indigenous people in the Atacama Desert, Chile
Journal name The Australian Journal of Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1757-6547
1035-8811
Publication date 2015-05-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/taja.12139
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 84
End page 103
Total pages 20
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The question of value is fundamental to contexts of resource scarcity given that contest over use and distribution of scarce resources centres on judgments about rights, interests and access. In mining processes, the use and extraction of water in great volumes commodifies and threatens supplies of what others understand to be a substance essential to all forms of life. In the Atacama, while industrial extraction and commodification by the mining industry are the basis for indigenous people's contestations over water resources, an analysis of everyday water practice and performance (as 'ordinary ethics') demonstrates that an indigenous ethics of resources includes commodity values under certain conditions. This paper examines a field of competing actors engaging in extraction and use of scarce waters in order to make an argument for the importance of considering the complexities and dynamics of ethical practice and water value.
Keyword Atacameno people
Mining - social aspects
Water
Ethnography
Ethics
Value
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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