The becoming of coal mining and the security around it: The case of Colombia

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This DIIS Working Paper elaborates how local consent to a huge industrial mining complex, including a port and a 150 km railway built in the 1980’s on indigenous arid lands, were created. Showing how both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ security technologies were effective in preparing the complex, constructing the necessary infrastructure and securing the operation, the paper at the same time illustrates how corporate security practices have changed over time in the northern part of Colombia.

The paper is based on extended ethnographic fieldwork in La Guajira, Colombia, carried out through 2018 and 2019 as well as historical written documents.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
PublisherInstitut for Internationale Studier / Dansk Center for Internationale Studier og Menneskerettigheder
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)97887-7236-021-8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
SeriesDIIS Working paper


  • Coal mining
  • Infrastructure
  • Corporate security
  • Colombia
  • La Guajira
  • Indigenous Wayúu

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