Crafting electricity through social protest: Afro-descendant and indigenous Embera communities protesting for hydroelectric infrastructure in Utría National Park, Colombia

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Crafting electricity through social protest : Afro-descendant and indigenous Embera communities protesting for hydroelectric infrastructure in Utría National Park, Colombia. / Acosta García, Nicolás; Farrell, Katharine N.

I: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Bind 37, Nr. 2, 2019, s. 236-254.

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Acosta García, N & Farrell, KN 2019, 'Crafting electricity through social protest: Afro-descendant and indigenous Embera communities protesting for hydroelectric infrastructure in Utría National Park, Colombia', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, bind 37, nr. 2, s. 236-254. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263775818810230

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Acosta García, N., & Farrell, K. N. (2019). Crafting electricity through social protest: Afro-descendant and indigenous Embera communities protesting for hydroelectric infrastructure in Utría National Park, Colombia. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 37(2), 236-254. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263775818810230

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Acosta García N, Farrell KN. Crafting electricity through social protest: Afro-descendant and indigenous Embera communities protesting for hydroelectric infrastructure in Utría National Park, Colombia. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2019;37(2):236-254. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263775818810230

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Acosta García, Nicolás ; Farrell, Katharine N. / Crafting electricity through social protest : Afro-descendant and indigenous Embera communities protesting for hydroelectric infrastructure in Utría National Park, Colombia. I: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 2019 ; Bind 37, Nr. 2. s. 236-254.

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