Challenging the three faces of extractivism: the Mapuche struggle and the forestry industry in Chile

  • The Mapuche movement is among the most important social movements in post-dictatorship Chile. Since the 1990s, the Mapuche struggle has increasingly turned into a violent conflict over land usage and environmental degradation. By referring to theories of global capitalism and political ecology, we show how forestry extractivism has shaped the Mapuche struggle. Based on extensive fieldwork in the region of La Araucanía, we analyze how different forms of inequalities including social marginalization, cultural repression, and ecological inequalities have led to discontent. In reaction to this multi-dimensional discontent, the Mapuche have developed indigenous forms of ‘collective bargaining by riot’ by attacking the local extractivist network. We identify the transnational forestry industry as a major driver of conflict and discuss the limits of Chile’s extractivist model.

Download full text files

Export metadata


Number of document requests

Additional Services

Share in Twitter Search Google Scholar
Author:Stefan Schmalz, Jakob GrafGND, Dasten Julián-Vejar, Johanna Sittel, Cristian Alister Sanhueza
Frontdoor URL
Parent Title (English):Globalizations
Publisher:Informa UK
Year of first Publication:2023
Publishing Institution:Universität Augsburg
Release Date:2023/10/02
Tag:Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law; General Economics, Econometrics and Finance; Public Administration; Sociology and Political Science; Geography, Planning and Development
First Page:365
Last Page:383
Institutes:Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Sozialwissenschaften / Soziologie
Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Sozialwissenschaften / Soziologie / Lehrstuhl für Umweltsoziologie mit Schwerpunkt auf Sozial-Ökologische Transformation, Resilienzdesign und Klima
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence (German):CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0: Creative Commons: Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitung (mit Print on Demand)