Call For Papers | Capital vs nature and society vs capital. Between socio-environmental devastation and community reconstruction of sustainability.

Call for Papers • Volume 8 • Issue 36 • april-june 2023   Capital vs nature and society vs capital. Between socio-environmental devastation and community reconstruction of sustainability..  

Guest Editors: 

Josemanuel  Luna-Nemecio. Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, México.

David  Sánchez Sánchez. Universidad de Guadalajara, México

Deadline: april 30, 2023

Editorial guidelines: instructions and templates 

Submission method: Consult the checklist

APC: Consult policies and waivers

Accepted languages: Spanish, English, or Portuguese

Neoliberal structural reforms in Latin America have resulted in various scenarios of environmental risk and emergency in those territories where industrial, agroindustrial, extractivist and urbanization processes have been superimposed (Barreda & García-Barrios, 2021). This, in turn, is part of a global phenomenon of socio-environmental devastation linked to overexploitation, pollution and dispossession of natural resources, as well as to the gradual destruction of community fabric and the high prevalence of infectious-contagious and chronic-degenerative diseases associated with such devastation that impact on humanity as a whole (Barreda, 2020) and particularly in impoverished areas with colonialist logics and environmental racism.
In this sense, Latin American neoliberalism deployed processes of capital accumulation of residual and terminal cut (Veraza, 2007) that were consolidated under the auspices of a vacuum and deviation of the political power of the State, whose direct meaning lies in the generation of exceptional conditions for the emergence of enclaves of high economic development that, at the same time, are spaces of destruction of the biophysical and social conditions of the territories (Espinoza & Barreda, 2012).
On the other hand, talking about the socio-environmental devastation in the Latin American continent due to the processes of neoliberal reconfiguration of the economy and territories, implies recognizing how diverse movements of struggle and resistance of the affected communities are emerging (Berger, 2016) in search of building other sustainable forms of social development, even considering alternatives to development (Gudynas, 2011). Furthermore, it must be considered that this social form of promoting strategies to stop or slow down the environmental damage generated during the neoliberal era of capitalist development, have established a scenario of debate and criticism against the hegemonic policies of sustainable development and have posed challenges to conceive an environmental justice (Berger & Carrizo, 2016).

In the form of a special Dossier to explore the diverse scenarios and concrete cases of environmental devastation and new paths to build sustainability of natural, technical and social metabolisms, the objective of this special issue of Religación. Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades is to serve as a reference to study the tensions, conflicts, experiences and alternatives in the face of old and new problems related to the multifaceted environmental crisis generated by neoliberalism in Latin America. In this Dossier entitled, precisely, "Capital vs nature and society vs capital: between socio-environmental devastation and community reconstruction of sustainability", it is hoped to create a dialectical space in which these issues are addressed from a transdisciplinary perspective. It is expected to receive contributions from the various fields of the Social Sciences and Humanities presenting the results of frontier research, which in a cross-cutting, transdisciplinary and complex manner, take as their axis any of the following thematic areas, which are not limiting for the submission of manuscripts, but seek to synthesize the multiple challenges and areas of opportunity around the general theme of the Dossier: 1. Vulnerability, risk and socio-environmental conflicts related to processes of overexploitation and contamination of nature. 2. Geopolitics of disease in Latin America in the context of socio-environmental devastation of the territory. 3. Community experiences of environmentally affected people and construction of sustainability in the face of privatization processes, dispossession, contamination and socio-environmental injustice. 4. Analysis of struggles and social movements that are raising criticisms and alternatives to development. 5. Community experiences of people affected by environmental issues and struggles for environmental and intergenerational justice.


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Barreda, A. & García-Barrios, R. (2021). Las regiones de emergencia ambiental: definición y localización en México[Webinar]. Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología.

Berger, M. (2016). Afectados ambientales. Hacia una conceptualización en el contexto de luchas por el reconocimiento. Debates En Sociología, (42), 31-53.

Berger, M., & Carrizo, C. (2016). Aportes de una sociología de los problemas públicos a la justicia ambiental en América Latina. Revista Colombiana de Sociología, 39(2), 115-134.

Espinoza, R. & Barreda, A. (2012). La destrucción de México ante el Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos. El cotidiano, (172), 167-182.

Gudynas, E. (2011). Más allá del nuevo extractivismo: transiciones sostenibles y alternativas al desarrollo. El desarrollo en cuestión. Reflexiones desde América Latina, 379-410.

Veraza, J. (2007). Economía y política del agua. El agua que te vendo, primero te la robé. Ed. Itaca.