Hydropower developments not only have far reaching consequences like ecological degradation and the disappearance of livelihood resources. They also spur micropolitical processes of territorial and productive re-ordering within and between communities. This article analyses the response mechanisms of the inhabitants of a community located in the reservoir of a hydroelectric project in Mexico, facing the construction of a hydroelectric dam and the related arrival of new actors involved in illicit activities. In doing so, it examines the strategies for protecting their territory and livelihoods, and minimising risks at the same time at three levels: intensification, intentional transgression of rules and regulations, and the objection of the imposed system. The article concludes that the response mechanisms are informed by, and produce micropolitics of illegality and violence as well as new codes of governance. Keywords: Mexico, hydropower, resistance, violence, narco-environments.
|Translated title of the contribution||Resistance to hydropower developments in contexts of violence and organised crime in Mexico|
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2020|