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New Struggles and Old Conflicts in the Neo-Liberal Countryside: Territories, The State, Fights for Legitimacy, and the Ideology of Natural Resources Use in Chile by Cristián Alarcón, LASP Seminar Series, Monday, October 16

Cristian Alarcon

July 28 of this year marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Agrarian Reform Law in Chile. Also, this year marked the 50th anniversary of the law allowing the legal formation of peasant unions in the country.

In today´s neoliberal Chile, with growing popular critique of the very basic pillars of the neoliberal project, struggles on the land continue being fundamental relations of the conflictive nature of capitalist development in the countryside. In this talk I will analyze and explain that conflictivity and such struggles in general terms to then offer a more focused analysis of the case of forestry in an area of Southern Chile.

Cristián Alarcón holds a PhD from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala and a Master Degree in Political Philosophy from the University of Chile. He is affiliated to the Law School at Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano in Chile and prior to coming to Cornell he worked as lawyer specialized in employment and labor law in Chile. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the department of Development Sociology at Cornell for which he was granted a scholarship by Chile´s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research – CONICYT.

Uris Hall, Room 153, 12:15-1:10PM, Monday, October 16th