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Human Rights Trade-Offs in Times of Economic Growth: The Long-Term Capability Impacts of Extractive-Led Development

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ISBN13: 9781137488671
Published: November 2016
Publisher: Palgrave Scholarly
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £68.00



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This book uncovers a historical dependency on smelting activities that has trapped inhabitants of La Oroya, Peru, in a context of systemic lack of freedom. La Oroya has been named one of the most polluted places on the planet by the US Blacksmith Institute. Residents face the dilemma of whether to defend their health or to preserve job stability at the local smelter, the main source of toxic pollution in town. Valencia unpacks this paradoxical human rights trade-off. This context, shaped by social, historical, political, and economic factors, increases people's vulnerabilities and decreases their ability to choose, resulting in residents' trading off their right to health in order to work. This book shows the deep connection of this local dilemma to the country's national paradox, arising out of Peru's vision of natural resource extraction as the main path to secure economic growth for the entire country at the expense of some groups.

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Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
Introduction: Human Rights Trade-offs in Times of Economic Growth: A Tale from Peru
Chapter 1: The La Oroya Conflict: The Intractable Conflict between Health and Work
Chapter 2: A Systemic Human Rights Model of Analysis: An Integrated Approach
Chapter 3: Systemic Lack of Freedom in La Oroya: The Socio-Historical Roots and the Political-Economic Background
Chapter 4: Experiencing Systemic Lack of Freedom: The Voice of La Oroya
Chapter 5: Examining the Trade-offs between Health and Work in La Oroya: The Long-term Capability Impacts of Extractive-led Development Conclusion: La Oroya at the Crossroads
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Appendix 1