In one of the last essays published before his death, the anthropologist Fernando Coronil referred to Latin America as being located within an ‘international division of labor and of nature.’ Arguing against ‘resource curse’ explanations of the region’s volatile mineral markets, Coronil emphasized how ‘resources do not do anything by themselves but through the social relations that make them significant’ (Coronil, 2011, p. 243). Rare earths, lithium, and other strategic resources are insignificant outside of certain social relations, only gaining strategic significance through increased demand for devices connected with information technologies. As with rare earths, without lithium many of the information technology connected devices on which we rely would not function. Baldly put: no lithium, no power storage capability for many of the technologies on which we have come to rely for communication, commerce, and, increasingly, to engage in conflict (see Klinger, this volume). Offering an alternative through which to scrutinize the social relations behind the ‘resource curse’, this chapter looks at changing representations of lithium as one instance of these social relations, focusing on contending energy narratives over lithium in contemporary Bolivia.
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- Of Cursed States: Contentious Energy Narratives in Contemporary Bolivia
Mauro J. Caraccioli
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