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NGO advocacy and the struggle for representation: mining, conflict and performance in the Peruvian Andes
My thesis looks at the local conflicts surrounding mining activities in Southern Peru (Las Bambas and Espinar).
In particular, the project looks at the manner in which heterogeneous communities engage the various actors that mining projects bring together. This includes not only the way particular locals learn to perform indigeneity and environmentalism for prominent NGOs interested in critiquing the impacts of extractive industries but also the hidden forms of contestation enacted by individuals outside of advocacy networks, looming on the borders of global reportage, and partial to the transformations imagined by corporate entities.