Ambiente & Sociedade
On-line version ISSN 1809-4422
BLANCO, Daniel Norberto and MENDES, José María. Evaluation of environmental conflicts analyses in Patagônia: reflections on the recent history (1980-2005). Ambient. soc. [online]. 2006, vol.9, n.2, pp. 47-69. ISSN 1809-4422. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-753X2006000200003.
The article deals with a social history of environment in the region of Patagônia and is especially focused on the present and the future of the region. Three different lines of reflections are examined. The first is the analysis of the environmental conflicts in the recent history of Patagônia. The second is a look at the protest movements against businesses in the region that risk the environment A third line of reflection discusses the changes in the representations of Patagônia, environment and territory. The article also gives an explanation of why an active citizenship movement in defense of the environment has taken place in the past decades, considering that Patagônia is a territory that has been exploited since its military conquest.
Keywords : Patagônia; environment; representations; environmental conflicts.