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Violence in environmental conflicts: the need for a multidimensional approach

By Grettel Navas, Sara Mingorria, Bernardo Aguilar-González. 


Although studies on environmental conflicts have engaged with the subject of violence, a multidimensional approach has been lacking. Using data from 95 environmental conflicts in Central America, we show how different forms of violence appear and overlap. We focus on direct, structural, cultural, slow, and ecological forms of violence. Results suggest that the common understanding of violence in environmental conflicts as a direct event in time and space is only the tip of the iceberg and that violence can reach not only environmental defenders, but also communities, nature, and the sustainability of their relations.



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Multidimensional violence, Resistance, Environmental conflict, Environmental Justice Atlas (EJATLAS), Central America

How to cite

Navas, G., Mingorria, S. & Aguilar-González, B. Sustain Sci (2018).

Further information

This article is part of the Special Feature: Case Report The EJAtlas: Ecological Distribution Conflicts as Forces for Sustainability in Sustainability Science


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