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Economic Pluralism in Ecuador and Bolivia under a descolonial perspective

Author Larissa DA SILVA ARAUJO
Director of thesis Dr. Isabelle Schulte-Tenckoff
Co-director of thesis
Summary of thesis

In recent decades in Latin America, social movements of native, indigenous, afro

descendants, peasants, quilombolas, traditional peoples, forest people riverside dwellers

have emerged. Through the expression of alternative understandings and world views,

they have been struggling for the recognition of the plurality of different ways of life and

advocating for life’s dignity, autonomy and territorial self-determination. Much has been

said recently in anthropology about the ontological differences between communities in

the Americas. This project, however, aims to explore the economic dimensions of that

plurality of ways of life. Based on research with indigenous people in Ecuador and

Bolivia, this proposal intends to understand how Kichwa communities organize

themselves economically, aiming to define theoretically the basis of the “Economic

Pluralism”. Drawing from Quijano’s and other decolonial theorists’ contributions, and in

dialogue with theorists from economic anthropology, legal anthropology and bio and

legal pluralism, it will shed light on the epistemological and practical issues these

communities address with their experiences. Through ethnographic field work and

intersectional analysis of concepts and markers, the research will conduct a theoretical

deconstruction of established economic concepts to formulate a notion centered on the

plurality of life.

Administrative delay for the defence