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These mothers eventually became informal environmental health promoters, and may form the nucleus of a The El Mantaro Revive nutrition program reached a. Mantaro Revive’s scientific documentation of heavy-metal contamination in the Mantaro Valley existed as a political response to this fundamental disagreement . El Mantaro Revive Región Junín OBJETIVO DEL PROYECTO: Mejorar la gestión ambiental en la zona alta y media de la cuenca del río.

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Oroyan residents had exceedingly high blood lead levels Universidad de San Luis Sendero diminished the moral high ground of leftist populism in Peru, including Andean campesino movements, making their political agendas of environmental and social injustice vulnerable to vilification by the right-of-center media and political factions.

To Revive an Abundant Life: Catholic Science and Neoextractivist Politics in Peru’s Mantaro Valley

In Andean cosmology, Apus are powerful tirakuna or earth beings see de la Cadenaxxiiinonhuman entities that are also mountains. As an institutional companion to scientific practice, the Catholic Church cloaked its data in trust, stabilizing the ethical uncertainty held against other, potentially corrupted sources of scientific knowledge.

Within a technocratic paradigm of governance, scientific measurements translate purported toxic transgressions directly to legal pollution limits, potentially leading to fines, sanctions, or even company closures.

Drawing on fieldwork with the Revive the Mantaro Project, this article conceptualizes the integration of religious and scientific practitioners and practices and the political landscape that necessitated, shaped, and limited them.

Concern multiplied in transnational advocacy circles about the potentially severe cognitive harm of lead, especially for exposed children. The Relationship between Corporations and their Critics. Team One implemented health and economic programs in La Oroya and gathered data on childhood anemia and lead levels.

In the crisp morning air of a mid-September day inI awaited the sight of more desks, file cabinets, binders, and manila envelopes the stuff of NGOs as my guide deftly unfastened the three stiff locks of an iron-wrought door. The point is not to claim that all Catholic science has inherently better ethics, but rather that the knowledge practices of this archdiocese took on a situated objectivity in a sphere of politics specific to its time and place.


The project thus emulates Jesus Christ himself. The money would have gone to good use for Mantaro Revive too, but would have made the project ethically and thus scientifically dubious.

Many individuals accompany this article. Mining and the Possibilities of Development. At face value, life lived in contamination is still living; bare life see Agamben remains intact. Photo by Stefanie Graeter. Agamben, Giorgio Homo Sacer: Farmland alongside the Yauli River, a short distance from La Rdvive.

Lay and Professional Ways of Knowing.

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Sensing the potential for a powerful alliance, Connor and Gomez invited him to visit La Oroya revivee, surprisingly, he came to see them after only three days in office. Towards an Ethnography of Environmental Suffering. Barreto expounded to his congregation: Dependency and Exploitation in Bolivian Tin Mines. But relatedly, by walking with the study, the archbishop conferred a moral sanctity to the motivations underlying it.

Sergio carefully explained that water monitoring revivs repetition to depict pollution averages across time and, eventually, Pachari acquiesced and joined us to sample the river further upstream. Knowing that I was not a Catholic, she inquired curiously about what sustained me during times of hardship. Caritas Arquidiocesana de Huancayo. This distinction between a project and organization also became important for their attempts to distance themselves from the much-maligned environmental Revivr operating in the same region.

A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. They accompany a world that still awaits its making.

The epidemiological knowledge of Sanchez, now a policy studies professor at SLU, quickly reshaped their plans. Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders. Translated by Graham Burchell. The results would have helped him, he explained, during contract renegotiations with the mining company the previous month. While in a U.

Sketches for an Atmospheric Conspiracy. Choy, Timothy Ecologies of Comparison: Both informal and unorthodox, the greeting also pegged her immediately as an evangelical. Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life. How did the Catholic Church become such an apt institution for the production of toxicological science in Peru?

As I have already suggested, however, the enrollment of scientific practices by religious practitioners was not unidirectional. The achievement of objectivity, a collective agreement on the credibility of knowledge, generates conditions of political actionability—the ability to act on knowledge politically. Neoextractivism and Enclosure of the Commons in Latin America.


Earlier, I highlighted the sociopolitical grounds on which science became an efficacious tool for the Catholic Church to enact its ethos of abundant life, to do politics without Politics. Their data fed into Team Three, Public Impact Incidencia Publicatasked with communicating their findings to local authorities, whose responses shaped the advocacy of Team Four, which sought policy impact hence its name, Incidencia Politica through legal measures.

A few months into my fieldwork, Sergio, a middle-aged chemist, taught me to prepare soil samples: Nonetheless, by keeping the local economy humming and implementing much-needed social programs alongside suspected bribery of state officialsDoe Run managed to prevent the lead studies from garnering much political influence.

Scientific pursuits in the Mantaro Valley involved longitudinal ardor and sacrifice, without a miraculous outcome in sight. While governments frequently depoliticize an issue by reducing it to a technical problem outside of democratic processes Ferguson ; Petrynahere it is an explicit government and media practice to delegitimize alternative social projects as merely political. Levels of lead in the children of La Oroya have also dropped.

These extractivist-resistance projects are complex and heterogeneous, including actors such as indigenous groups; campesinos; water, lagoons, mountains, and animals; Apus3 shamans, and earth beings de la Cadena ; local, national, and transnational NGOs and missionary networks; politicians; local and foreign scientists; and so on see Li ; de la Cadena; Devive In a corner, a few too many lab coats overwhelmed a standing hanger, unfit for its task.

Yet when the door swung open, the room revealed an entirely different menagerie of objects. The Catholic Church assured communities that their interests derived from a shared Christian moral position distinct from that of the economic imperatives operative in relationships with other NGOs, companies, or state institutions.