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The tension between social and environmental injustice. Interview with Wilson Arias Castillo, Polo Democrático Alternativo, Cali, Colombia (Spanish)

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Esteban CastroORCiD


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Interview with Wilson Arias Castillo, Polo Democrático Alternativo, Cali, Colombia. This Interview corresponds to the research project "Socio-ecological inequality and injustice as obstacles to the democratization process in Latin America and the Caribbean. A theoretical and empirical study (DESDEMO) ( The interview took place in Cali on 22 October 2017.The interview addresses some of the key questions of the DESDEMO Project, such as:What is the understanding of leading cultural, economic, political, and social actors regarding the feasibility of simultaneously abating social and environmental injustice and inequality? What is their "threshold" of tolerance to environmental injustice and inequality when their reduction seems to bear a high cost for society and present a "threat" to advances in economic development? In what sort of situations do they consider legitimate to tolerate these inequalities and injustices as a trade-off for the achievement of socio-economic or political gains? What kind of arguments do they deploy to explain and justify their positions? How do these actors conceptualize the emergence of ecological distribution conflicts arising in the region? What are the main obstacles and opportunities facing progressive actors to incorporate the struggle against environmental injustice and inequality as an intrinsic component of substantive democratic politics? What are the main implications for the social sciences and for the production of knowledge on these issues more generally?

Publication metadata

Author(s): Castro JE

Publication type: Digital or Visual Media

Publication status: Published

Year: 2018

Publisher: DESDEMO Project

Place Published: Buenos Aires and Newcastle upon Tyne


DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.256389