The Resource Transnational capitalism and hydropolitics in Argentina : the Yacyretá high dam, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro ; foreword by Eric R. Wolf

Transnational capitalism and hydropolitics in Argentina : the Yacyretá high dam, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro ; foreword by Eric R. Wolf

Transnational capitalism and hydropolitics in Argentina : the Yacyretá high dam
Transnational capitalism and hydropolitics in Argentina
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the Yacyretá high dam
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Gustavo Lins Ribeiro ; foreword by Eric R. Wolf
What does a multi-billion-dollar dam mean to the majority of local people living in precarious social and economic conditions? In this study of a large-scale international infrastructure project, Ribeiro found one answer: the prevailing model of development must change. He demonstrates why and how development, in the context of the Yacyreta High Dam in Argentina, has not been able to bring about well-being on a sustainable basis for most people affected by the project. He maintains that development, which he calls "economic expansion," is played on a field of political and economic struggle where the players who start the action keep the advantage. He links development projects more closely to the needs of national and international elites than to the local populations, and he coins the term "consortiation" to describe the interaction among capitalist agencies involved in the projects. This is the first anthropological work to study a large-scale infrastructure project from within. While Ribeiro analyzes the different power groups who competed for access to and control of the high dam, he also shows how the dam modified the social and physical landscape and examines the rise of a new kind of nomadic laborer with a distinct identity, the bicho de obra (work site animal). Social scientists, regional planners, engineers, diplomats, and environmentalists will find this book useful
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Transnational capitalism and hydropolitics in Argentina : the Yacyretá high dam, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro ; foreword by Eric R. Wolf
Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--City University of New York, 1988
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-176) and index
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  • Consortiation: Articulating Different Political/Economic Groups -- Ch. 4. The Moon Land: Yacyreta's Territorial Segmentation. The Moon Land: The Creation of Space for a Large-Scale Project. Project's Immediate Area of Influence and Territory. The Structure of Reproduction of Social Life in the Project's Territory. The Villa Permanente. The 1,000 Viviendas. The El Pinar Camp -- Ch. 5. Dividing the World: The Dynamics of Yacyreta's Labor Market Segmentation. The Labor Market Segmentation of the Yacyreta Project. The Argentine/Paraguayan Dividing Line. The Regional Segmentation of the Argentine Labor Force. The Expatriate European Segment. The Large-Scale Project Migratory Circuit and the Creation of the Bicho-de-Obra Identity. The Large-Scale Project Migratory Circuit. Ambiguity and Permanence: The Bicho-de-Obra. Final Comments on Labor Market Segmentation: The Different Rotational Speeds of the Segments -- Ch. 6. Conclusion. Transnational Integration and the Controversy on Development
  • Foreword / Eric R. Wolf -- Ch. 1. Introduction. Am I an Anthropologist Anthropology and Large-Scale Projects. Economic Expansion. Levels of Integration. Development Anthropology. Karl Wittfogel's Thesis of the Hydraulical State. Doing Research on the Yacyreta Hydroelectric High Dam -- Ch. 2. The Yacyreta Hydroelectric High Dam. Owner, Consultant, Main Contractor: The Institutional Triangle. The Owner: The Entidad Binacional Yacyreta (EBY). The Consultant: Harza y Consorciados, Consultores Internacionales de Yacyreta (CIDY). The Main Contractor: ERIDAY-UTE. The Meanings of Binationality -- Ch. 3. The Power of a Dam: Articulating Power Groups. Significant Examples of Bidding Processes within the Yacyreta Project. An Approximation to El Proceso, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (March 1976-December 1983). The Bidding Process of the Main Civil Works Contract (YC-1). The Bidding Process of the Turbines: The YE-1(t) Contract. Comparative Comments on the YC-1 and YE-1 Cases
  • The Shrinking of the World and Fragmentation of Identities. Deterritorialization, Identity Fragmentation, and Ambiguity. Do Development Projects Promote Development? Considerations on Progress and Development. Development and the Moon Land
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