Transformations in Resource Peripheries: an analysis of teh Chilean experience

JR Barton, Robert Gwynne, WE Murray

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Building on Hayter et al.'s (2003) characterisation of resource peripheries in terms of four institutional dimensions, this article conceptualises four, similar 'transformations' (political, economic, socio-cultural and environmental) intended to evolve this conceptual framework. The case of Chile is analysed in order to ground the analysis, emphasising the structural aspects of its historical experience as a resource periphery. It is clear that the country's condition as a resource periphery has been central to the transformations that have taken place since the early colonial period. In order to illustrate this, the article briefly explores the links between Latin American structuralist and emerging resource periphery accounts. As such, we discuss some of the policy options that might allow the country to move beyond resource periphery status - a goal which is necessary if uneven development in Chile is to be tackled. We conclude that if even and equitable development are goals of geographical analysis then structuralist-informed political-economic work of this nature warrants renewed emphasis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-33
Number of pages10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • uneven development
  • Latin American structuralism
  • Chile
  • economic geography
  • resource periphery


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