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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.
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