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Between an alternative modernity and alternatives to modernity? - A case study of the Tipnis-conflict within the Bolivian "Process of Change"

Sältenberg, Hansalbin LU (2012) SOCK01 20121
Sociology
Abstract
This thesis aims at understanding, from a world-system analytical and decolonial perspective, the structural causes behind the outbreak of the Tipnis-conflict in Bolivia in 2011. Through interviews with representatives from the governmental party MAS and social movements that have taken up different positions in the conflict, and in dialogue with world-system analytical and decolonial theorists, the thesis argues that the conflict to a certain extent can be seen as an articulation of what Colombian social scientist Arturo Escobar regards as a partly antagonistic tension between two different emancipatory projects within the Bolivian “Process of Change”: on the one hand a political struggle against neo-liberalism to form an alternative,... (More)
This thesis aims at understanding, from a world-system analytical and decolonial perspective, the structural causes behind the outbreak of the Tipnis-conflict in Bolivia in 2011. Through interviews with representatives from the governmental party MAS and social movements that have taken up different positions in the conflict, and in dialogue with world-system analytical and decolonial theorists, the thesis argues that the conflict to a certain extent can be seen as an articulation of what Colombian social scientist Arturo Escobar regards as a partly antagonistic tension between two different emancipatory projects within the Bolivian “Process of Change”: on the one hand a political struggle against neo-liberalism to form an alternative, more inclusive, modernity while improving the relative position of the Bolivian state in the world interstate system; on the other hand a struggle for transforming Bolivian society beyond the bounds of modernity, in order to form a post-liberal political project that would constitute an alternative to modernity. However, the thesis also argues that due to the lack of formulation of a concrete alternative to modernity above the community level, both sides of the conflict have come to embrace certain features of the alternative, more inclusive, modernity project. (Less)
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author
Sältenberg, Hansalbin LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOCK01 20121
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Bolivia, modernity, coloniality, world-system analysis, indigenous movements, Process of Change
language
English
id
2799026
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2012-06-26 10:47:14
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  abstract     = {This thesis aims at understanding, from a world-system analytical and decolonial perspective, the structural causes behind the outbreak of the Tipnis-conflict in Bolivia in 2011. Through interviews with representatives from the governmental party MAS and social movements that have taken up different positions in the conflict, and in dialogue with world-system analytical and decolonial theorists, the thesis argues that the conflict to a certain extent can be seen as an articulation of what Colombian social scientist Arturo Escobar regards as a partly antagonistic tension between two different emancipatory projects within the Bolivian “Process of Change”: on the one hand a political struggle against neo-liberalism to form an alternative, more inclusive, modernity while improving the relative position of the Bolivian state in the world interstate system; on the other hand a struggle for transforming Bolivian society beyond the bounds of modernity, in order to form a post-liberal political project that would constitute an alternative to modernity. However, the thesis also argues that due to the lack of formulation of a concrete alternative to modernity above the community level, both sides of the conflict have come to embrace certain features of the alternative, more inclusive, modernity project.},
  author       = {Sältenberg, Hansalbin},
  keyword      = {Bolivia,modernity,coloniality,world-system analysis,indigenous movements,Process of Change},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Between an alternative modernity and alternatives to modernity? - A case study of the Tipnis-conflict within the Bolivian "Process of Change"},
  year         = {2012},
}