Conquest by contract: Property rights and the commercial logic of imperialism in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Southern Mexico)

McClure, J. (2022) Conquest by contract: Property rights and the commercial logic of imperialism in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Southern Mexico). Bulletin of Latin American Research, (doi: 10.1111/blar.13356) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Property rights and contracts were important to the legal foundations of the Spanish Empire from the sixteenth century. The recognition of the property rights of indigenous people was part of the legal foundations of empire, but offered weak protection from the commercial logic of imperialism. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the national and international recognition of indigenous property rights has increased at the same time that indigenous property has been threatened by the expansion of commercial interests in the name of development. Focusing on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (southern Mexico), this article charts the historic tension between indigenous property rights and the expansion of commercial interests, and how, despite new rhetoric about protecting local communities and their natural resources, the shift to ‘sustainable development’ has not changed these dynamics.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McClure, Dr Julia
Authors: McClure, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Bulletin of Latin American Research
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0261-3050
ISSN (Online):1470-9856
Published Online:01 June 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author
First Published:First published in Bulletin of Latin American Research 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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