Reality of Dreams Post-Neoliberal Utopias in the Ecuadorian Amazon Japhy Wilson

Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Publication date:
23 Nov 2021
Yale University Press
304 pages: 216 x 140mm
1 b-w illus.
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An exploration of radical megaprojects in the Ecuadorian Amazon, considering the fate of utopian fantasies under conditions of global capitalism

What is the fate of utopian fantasies under conditions of global capitalism? From 2007 to 2017, the Citizens’ Revolution launched a series of post-neoliberal megaprojects to liberate Ecuador from its ecologically catastrophic dependence on Amazonian oil reserves. This book documents the heroic scale of this endeavor, the farcical extent of its failure, and the paradoxical process through which it ended up reinforcing the economic model that it had been designed to overcome.

Japhy Wilson is an independent scholar exploring the entanglement of space, power, and ideology in the politics of development. He teaches at King’s College London and is an honorary research fellow at the University of Manchester. He lives in Crete.