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Payments for ecosystem services and social justice : using recognition theories to assess the Bolivian Acuerdos Reciprocos por el Agua
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Abstract
Payments for ecosystem services (PES) have been the subject of a great amount of literature among which questions of social justice are an important topic. However, we show that most of these studies tend to depoliticize the debate by considering mostly liberal and redistributive notions of justice. We argue that injecting the notion of recognition allows a better depiction of complex local power dynamics and situations of (in)justice. We, therefore, briefly review the social and political philosophical theories of recognition before using the notion of recognition as an analytical tool to assess a Bolivian PES (Acuerdos Reciprocos por el Agua, ARA). We show how PES transform recognition relationships between upstream service providers and the formerly rather disinterested service consumers, including municipal authorities, by creating new narratives and channels of recognition. We also highlight the fragility of this process as well as the persisting misrecognition of the poorest of the poor (immigrants, small landowners) that is strengthened by this PES at the intra-community level. Finally, we highlight the potential instrumental use of recognition that could be made by PES promoters as well as counter-hegemonic use potentially made by marginalized actors.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Geoforum. - London
Publication
London : 2018
ISSN
0016-7185
Volume/pages
92(2018), p. 134-143
ISI
000435062700015
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 10.07.2018
Last edited 14.09.2021
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