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Social Anthropology

Martin Larsson

Project title

What does the state eat? The experience of development along the Grijalva River

Project description

The Grijalva River, which runs through the state of Chiapas in south-eastern Mexico, worked as a commercial route for thousands of years before changing character radically during the second half of the 20th Century. The river then became a site mainly connected to the production of electricity, through the construction of a series of dams – a process which still has not ended. In my project, I look closer into the ways that people living and working in this area relate to the dams, and the projects that are connected to them. In this way, I approach different aspects of discussions about development, neoliberalism and modernity, and their importance for the everyday life along the river.

Contact details

Email: martin.larsson@manchester.ac.uk