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Agustin Diz

Agustin Diz
Dr Agustin Diz
Lecturer in Anthropology of Development
4.16 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK
+44 (0)131 6503079
Research Interests
Indigenous Peoples, Political Economy, Labour, Unemployment, Welfare, Extractive industries, Oil and Gas, Latin American Culture and Society, Argentina, Economic Anthropology, International development, Applied Anthropology, Sovereignty, ethnography, Growth and Degrowth, Gran Chaco

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Agustin is a political and economic anthropologist who specialises in Latin America and has conducted research among indigenous Guaraní settlements in Argentina's Gran Chaco region.  His research focuses on labour and unemployment, energy and extractive industries, welfare policies and democratisation among indigenous populations in Latin America.   

His first book project, After Abundance: Wageless Life in the Argentine Chacodevelops an alternative understanding of how extractive capitalism generates it social force.  Moving beyond narratives of dispossession and scarcity, the book shows how the wealth that sugar cane plantations, logging, or hydrocarbons generate can be both materially and socially generative for people on the ground.  It argues that the temporalities and scales of extractive capitalism – with their cycles of boom and bust, and political ramifications – create expectations of abundance and forms of marginalisation that endure even after resources have been depleted. 

Agustin also has a background in history and development studies and has worked on climate change adaptation policy and water management.  He is interested in alternative economic paradigms, like wellbeing or degrowth, and is currenty exploring these themes in relation to Scotland's community energy sector.

Selected publications

2021. Construir comunicación en una radio indígena del norte argentino.  Tram[p]as De La Comunicación Y La Cultura, (86), e046. (with S. Hirsch)

2020. ‘Healing the Institution’: Conflict and Democratic Sovereignty in an Indigenous Community of the Argentine Chaco.  Geoforum 117: 173-182.

2020. ‘We Could Be Rich’: Unemployment, Roadblocks and the Rhythms of Hydrocarbon Extraction among the Guaraní of the Argentine Chaco.  Bulletin of Latin American Research 39(3): 319-333.

2018. Money from Above:  Cash Transfers, Moral Desert and Enfranchisement among Guaraní Households of the Argentine Chaco. In E.M. Balén & M. Fotta (eds.) Money from the government in Latin America: Conditional Cash Transfer Programmes and Rural Lives. London: Routledge

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PhD in Social Anthropology; PhD in International Development; MSc (R) Social Anthropology