From Enron to Evo: Pipeline Politics, Global Environmentalism, and Indigenous Rights in Bolivia by Derrick HinderyFrom Enron to Evo: Pipeline Politics, Global Environmentalism, and Indigenous Rights in Bolivia by Derrick Hindery

From Enron to Evo: Pipeline Politics, Global Environmentalism, and Indigenous Rights in Bolivia

byDerrick HinderyForeword bySusanna B. Hecht

Paperback | September 11, 2014

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Throughout the Americas, a boom in oil, gas, and mining development has pushed the extractive frontier deeper into Indigenous territories. Centering on a long-term study of Enron and Shell’s Cuiabá pipeline, From Enron to Evo traces the struggles of Bolivia’s Indigenous peoples for self-determination over their lives and territories. In his analysis of their response to this encroaching development, author Derrick Hindery also sheds light on surprising similarities between neoliberal reform and the policies of the nation’s first Indigenous president, Evo Morales.

Drawing upon extensive interviews and document analysis, Hindery argues that many of the structural conditions created by neoliberal policies—including partial privatization of the oil and gas sector—still persist under Morales. Tactics employed by both Morales and his neoliberal predecessors utilize the rhetoric of environmental protection and Indigenous rights to justify oil, gas, mining, and road development in Indigenous territories and sensitive ecoregions.

Indigenous peoples, while mindful of gains made during Morales’s tenure, are increasingly dissatisfied with the administration’s development model, particularly when it infringes upon their right to self-determination. From Enron to Evo demonstrates their dynamic and pragmatic strategies to cope with development and adversity, while also advancing their own aims.

Offering a critique of both free-market piracy and the dilemmas of resource nationalism, this is a groundbreaking book for scholars, policy-makers, and advocates concerned with Indigenous politics, social movements, environmental justice, and resistance in an era of expanding resource development.
Derrick Hindery is an assistant professor of international studies and geography at the University of Oregon.
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Title:From Enron to Evo: Pipeline Politics, Global Environmentalism, and Indigenous Rights in BoliviaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.06 × 6.03 × 0.7 inPublished:September 11, 2014Publisher:University of Arizona PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816531404

ISBN - 13:9780816531400

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"With impassioned care, From Enron to Evo untangles the compromised connections between indigenous politics, state policies, and petro-capital in Bolivia over the past quarter-century plus. Taking the Cuiabá pipeline as an ethnographic puzzle, Hindery masterfully reveals the fragility and tenacity of extractive dreams, transnational alliances, and indigenous stances across neoliberal and post-neoliberal Bolivian landscapes. A must read for thinking through the paradoxes of energy extraction, indigenous identities, and environmentalisms in our global time."-Suzana Sawyer, author of Crude Chronicles and editor of The Politics of Resource Extraction