Patricio Melillanca's scientific contributions

Publications (2)

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Purpose The authors use media research and crowdsourced mapping to document how the first wave of the pandemic (April–August 2020) affected the Mapuche, focussing on seven categories of events: territorial control, spiritual defence, food sovereignty, traditional health practices, political violence, territorial needs and solidarity, and extractivi...
Technical Report
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In this report we explain the methodology and initial findings of the project ‘Mapeando el Coronavirus en Wallmapu’, a crowdsourced mapping project that aims to monitor and analyze the impact of the pandemic in Wallmapu, recording community health and solidarities initiatives, and instances of political violence and extractivist activities.


... The participatory mapping tradition understands this process as a means to support positive social change, legitimising knowledge by historically marginalised groups (Elwood, 2006). At its best, this approach can help to subvert the God trick of disaster science by contributing to historicise and politicise knowledge about disasters (Carraro et al., 2022), diffracting official risk maps through indigenous knowledge (Camacho and Matus, 2021) and providing a much needed "trusted ground" for dialogue collaboration between actors (Gaillard and Mercer, 2013). In practice, however, the emphasis of participatory mapping exercises tends to be less on questioning or reframing existing knowledge, and more on tangible results. ...