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Putting large-scale infrastructure projects first: the COVID-19 pandemic in indigenous Mexico

Hofmann, Susanne (2020) Putting large-scale infrastructure projects first: the COVID-19 pandemic in indigenous Mexico. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 39 (S1). 47 - 51. ISSN 0261-3050

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Identification Number: 10.1111/blar.13182


This article argues that whilst indigenous people are central to the Mexican president's official developmentalist discourse of bringing prosperity to the country's marginalised and poor, their needs during the COVID-19 pandemic have not been met and their interests have been sidelined. Whilst experiencing serious loss of trading revenue, negative impacts of misinformation, and lack of access to appropriate healthcare, indigenous Mexicans also faced the aggressive advance on their territories of large-scale infrastructure projects, which have become the backbone of the president's strategy for countering the economic recession caused by the pandemic. The discontinuation of relevant legal means to challenge the advance of the megaprojects during the pandemic effectively threatened indigenous people's democratic rights to protect their land, identities and way of life.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: IGA: Latin America and Caribbean Centre
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2021 14:48
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2024 01:48

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