Necropolitics in the Jungle: COVID-19 and the Marginalisation of Brazil's Forest Peoples
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

COVID-19 has been particularly damaging to already vulnerable social groups, such as forest peoples. In Brazil, indigenous, Afro-Brazilian quilombolas and other racialised communities have suffered disproportionately under Bolsonaro's hands-off policy during the pandemic. We argue that, far from happenstance, this policy fits into a form of necropolitics towards forest peoples. Drawing from Achille Mbembe's seminal work, this article analyses how underlying (and sometimes overt) racism, cultural depredation, and government-supported deforestation constitute an assault now catalysed by the pandemic. Understanding forest peoples' disproportionate deaths in perspective is critical for addressing their growing vulnerability and the broader politics currently at play.

necropolitics

racism

COVID-19

Brazil

local communities

Indigenous peoples

Författare

Gabriela Russo Lopes

Universiteit Van Amsterdam

Mairon G. Bastos Lima

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Fysisk resursteori, Fysisk resursteori 2

Bulletin of Latin American Research

0261-3050 (ISSN) 1470-9856 (eISSN)

Vol. 39 S1 92-97

Ämneskategorier

Tvärvetenskapliga studier

Socialantropologi

Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)

DOI

10.1111/blar.13177

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