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Double-Edged Counter-Narratives: Cosmology and Indigenous Rights in the Bolivian Andes

Författare:
  • Anders Burman
Redaktör:
  • Ingrid Karlsson
  • Kristina Röing de Nowina
Publiceringsår: 2009
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 168-175
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Meeting global challenges in research cooperation / Utsikt mot utveckling
Dokumenttyp: Konferensbidrag
Förlag: Collegium for Development Studies, Uppsala University

Abstract english

This paper looks into indigenous Aymara notions of ‘the strange’ and ‘the proper’ and examines how such notions are articulated in an indigenous criticism of a persistently colonial modernity. Such criticism is double-edged. On the one hand, it is articulated in a mythological idiom referring to conceptions of profound cosmological import and this paper delves into how such criticism is grounded in collective memories of colonialism and contemporary experiences of social inequalities and in comprehensive cosmological dimensions of meaning. On the other hand, such criticism is articulated in a ‘modernist’ judicial idiom referring to the rights of indigenous peoples and this paper scrutinizes the dynamics of a ‘modernist’ international discourse on the rights of indigenous peoples being situated and rendered consistent within cultural and cosmological dimensions of meaning.

Keywords

  • Social and Economic Geography
  • Aymara
  • Bolivia
  • indigenous peoples' rights
  • cosmology
  • colonialism

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Published
  • ISSN: 1403-1264
Human Ecology
E-post: anders.burman [at] hek.lu.se

Universitetslektor

Humanekologi

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Länkar till publikationer

2012. “Places to think with, books to think about: Words, experience and the decolonization of knowledge in the Bolivian Andes”. Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, Special Issue, vol. 10, issue 1, pp. 101-120. 

2011. “Yatiris en el siglo 21: El conocimiento, la política y la nueva generación”. Nuevo Mundo, Mundos Nuevos, vol. 11.

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