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

Burman, Anders LU (2009) In Meeting global challenges in research cooperation / Utsikt mot utveckling p.168-175
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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Aymara, Bolivia, indigenous peoples' rights, cosmology, colonialism
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Meeting global challenges in research cooperation / Utsikt mot utveckling
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Karlsson, Ingrid; Röing de Nowina, Kristina; and
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Collegium for Development Studies, Uppsala University
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  abstract     = {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.},
  author       = {Burman, Anders},
  booktitle    = {Meeting global challenges in research cooperation / Utsikt mot utveckling},
  editor       = {Karlsson, Ingrid and Röing de Nowina, Kristina},
  issn         = {1403-1264},
  keyword      = {Aymara,Bolivia,indigenous peoples' rights,cosmology,colonialism},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {168--175},
  publisher    = {Collegium for Development Studies, Uppsala University},
  title        = {Double-Edged Counter-Narratives: Cosmology and Indigenous Rights in the Bolivian Andes},
  year         = {2009},
}