Politics of Scale and Struggles over Mining in Colombia

  • Kristina DietzEmail author
Part of the Development, Justice and Citizenship book series (SIID)


This chapter analyses the interrelations between struggles over mining and scalar configurations of political power. It draws on an anti-mining protest in the department of Tolima, Colombia, where the South African company AngloGold Ashanti is currently preparing to open an industrial gold mine. The chapter aims to show that struggles over mining are located within the interactions between state structures and the agency of local actors. It is shown that scalar configurations of power, for example political institutions, de- and recentralisation policies and legal frameworks, constrain and enable social engagement in struggles over mining. At the same time, through the exertion of participatory citizenship, actors opposing an industrial mining project contest the scaled geography of state power. Theoretically, the chapter combines insights from debates on the politics of scale, and from critical development and democracy studies.


Gold Mining Mining Project Municipal Council Mining Conflict International Labour Organization Convention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Latin American StudiesFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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