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Unpublished Paper
Decolonization as Relocalization: Conceptual and Strategic Frameworks of the Parque de la Papa, Qosqo
MA Thesis (University of Victoria) (2011)
  • Sam Grey, University of Victoria
Abstract

The work at hand traces the trajectory of one particular iteration of decolonization praxis, from its origins in pre-colonial Andean thought through to the consciously traditional collective life being forged by six Quechua communities in Qosqo, Perú. It diverges from other investigations of Indigenous praxes by undertaking a purposefully non-comparative analysis of both the concepts and strategies employed, as well as of the consonances and tensions between the two. The case study detailed here offers a rebuttal to prior theories of an Indigenous political absence in the Peruvian highlands through offering evidence of a uniquely Andean place-based politics. It details efforts to revitalize and repatriate the cultural landscape of the Quechua ayllu, drawing on a variety of tactics to assert the primacy of the relationship between Andean Peoples and Andean lands. This is decolonization as relocalization, wherein the near-ubiquitous ‘local’ of non- and anti-state discourses is reconceptualised as ‘emplacement.’

Keywords
  • Climate change adaptation,
  • Indigenous politics,
  • Indigenous knowledge,
  • Peru (Area Studies),
  • Andean culture,
  • sustainable agriculture (sustainability),
  • food sovereignty,
  • Quechua,
  • decolonization
Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
Sam Grey. "Decolonization as Relocalization: Conceptual and Strategic Frameworks of the Parque de la Papa, Qosqo" MA Thesis (University of Victoria) (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/samgrey/4/