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Capitalist Accumulation and Socio-Ecological Resilience

Black People in Border Areas of Colombia and Ecuador and the Palm Oil Industry

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Edna Yiced Martinez

By combining Marxism with feminist political economy and political ecology, this book develops a theoretical frame about the continuity of plundering and looting in the region of Tumaco-San Lorenzo at the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador, as well as the long history of resistance that Black-Afro communities of artisan fishers and small farmers have carried out for more than five centuries. Using the palm oil industry as example, the research shows the features of "primitive or primary accumulation" in these places. From a historical perspective, the author exposes the imperialist character of the palm oil industry. She analyses the connections between policies makers, scientists and businessmen in the development of this agribusiness.

Primary accumulation – Primitive accumulaton – Accumulation by dispossesion – Land- grabbing – Black-Afro – Palm oil – Imperialism – Unequal exchange – Resilience – Colombia – Ecuador – Tumaco – San Lorenzo – Political ecology – Feminism – Capitalism – World economy – Plundering – Paramilitaries – Slavery – Ethnicity – Resistance.