Anthropology 239: The Price of Progress: Impacts of Mining and Tourism on Indigenous Peoples in the Andes
Calama, Chile;Caspana, Chile;Chiu Chiu, Chile;San Pedro de Atacama, Chile;Santiago, Chile
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HB-Human Behavior, Intcl-Intercultural
INSTRUCTOR: Anita Carrasco (Anthropology)
Course Description: This course explores the pressures that transnational mining and tourist corporations have on key resources like water in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. In particular, we will examine how these pressures affect the sustainability of indigenous peoples that have depended on water for agriculture and pastoralism since time immemorial. The course will focus on the Atacameño culture of northern Chile, examining the ways in which they are adapting to, or in some cases resisting the social, political, economic and environmental conditions that are affecting them. The course also explores how mining and tourist corporations have adopted the discourse of ‘corporate social responsibility’ in trying to convince the public that they are practicing ‘green’ mining and ‘green’ tourism.
The course will be based in the town of San Pedro de Atacama, and we will take several day trips to visit sites of interest in the surrounding area. Some of these sites include: the remote traditional village of Caspana (including a 4 day-stay there), a geyser field called El Tatio, high altitude lagoon Miscanti and Chuquicamata mine, the largest open pit copper mine in the world.
Estimated Cost: $4,450 - $4,775
Estimated Add'l Meal Costs: $400
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