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This paper presents a close analysis of the Mapuche Conflict and its implications from an Environmental Justice perspective. It serves to outline the plight of the Mapuche, a South American indigenous group, in their continued struggle to gain the rights to autonomic control over their ancestral territory from the Chilean government. By utilizing a holistic approach to research, this paper serves to provide a background on the conflict as well as to incorporate claims to justice. It chronicles the depth and breadth of media attention on the issue by incorporating perspectives from scholarly articles, news sources and social media platforms. In addition, the paper places emphasis on the importance of being aware of cultural diversity and epistemic differences through the incorporation of interdisciplinary approaches like history and psychology. Throughout the paper, it is evident that the Mapuche are a distinct ethnic group with a unique history and a unique set of values. However, the work highlights the fact of the Chilean government’s continued disregard for and misrepresentation of Mapuche problems in its legislation. Finally, the work utilizes the Mapuche conflict as a microcosmic example of the effects a greater global problem in which capitalists overvalue the accumulation of wealth to a point of detriment of actual human bodies.

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Newport, RI


Mapuche, Mapuche conflict, environmental justice, environment, Morton, Harari, indigenous, South America, Latin America, Chile, colonization, government, multicultural


Comparative Politics | Critical and Cultural Studies | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Environmental Policy | Environmental Studies | Latin American Studies | Multicultural Psychology | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social Influence and Political Communication

Mapuche Resilience: Environmental Justice in Chile



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