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    Against extraction in Guatemala: multispecies strategies in vampiric times

    Chivalan Carrillo, M. and Posocco, Silvia (2020) Against extraction in Guatemala: multispecies strategies in vampiric times. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 22 (4), pp. 514-532. ISSN 1369-801X.

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    In this article, we develop a speculative analysis of the agential modalities connected to the extractive industries that dominate the present history of Guatemala. We focus on appropriation, extraction and the destruction of places of refuge for humans and non-humans, as well as on the strategies and responses that emerge for thinking and doing ‘in the ruins’ (Tsing 2015) in seemingly apocalyptic conditions. We mobilize technoscience, multispecies thinking and Indigenous epistemologies to develop a decolonial theorization of the multiple agential modalities in play in these contemporary dynamics. More specifically, through the figures of the vampire and the snail, we explore structures of terror in the colonial order, multispecies strategies against capture, and the colonial matrix underpinning different planes and scales of mining of territory, bodies and substance. Contemporary forms of extraction are the manifestation of colonial practices, but are also tied to strategies of resistance to colonial machines and sex/race dispositifs (AVANCSO 2015) by Indigenous, poor and marginal constituencies organizing in defense of the commons. The article deploys decolonial knowledge practices and epistemologies for an analysis of the material-semiotic dimensions of extraction and racism in contemporary Guatemala.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): extraction, dispossession, colonial order, multispecies thinking, Indigenous epistemologies, resistance
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Silvia Posocco
    Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2019 09:18
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:55


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