Roads, value, and dispossession in Baja California Sur, Mexico

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American Anthropological Association / John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


This article utilizes theories of value and space, along with Harvey's notion of “accumulation by dispossession,” to critically investigate the histories and social effects of the commodification of place on the East Cape of Baja California Sur, Mexico. The article defines value as the product of specific social relations and examines how places are created, valued, commodified, and co-opted in the development process. The actual process of co-optation, however, is highly contingent on the development of infrastructure, particularly roads, which play a vital yet ambivalent role in shaping how different people not only access but also value the East Cape.