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Transformation Initiatives in Latin American rural communities 
Agata Hummel (University of Warsaw)
Radosław Powęska (University of Warsaw)
Diana Rodríguez Herrera (Technological University of Pereira)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 03/012
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The aim of the panel is to discuss ethnographic studies on Transformation Initiatives in Latin American countries looking at their different dimensions (sociocultural, political, territorial, economic and technological) and paying particular attention to conceptual approaches adopted by researchers.

Long Abstract:

Covid-19 pandemics affected dramatically many Latin American countries, accentuating doubts about mainstream approaches to citizens' well-being. Facing health and economic crisis with many rural/indigenous communities virtually forgotten by state policies and deprived of vital assistance, bottom-up strategies of social change were made apparent. Territorial self-isolation, non-state health-care systems, own food production and distribution of resources going in pace with local values, norms and needs, converted communities into essential buffer against the crisis, safe haven for jobless urban residents and a source of new hope, challenging once again the official development discourse and reissuing debate on alternative thinking.

The panel focuses on Latin American local strategies of social change that can be identified with Transformation Initiatives (TIs) - owned by communities, groups, organizations and socio-ecological movements, thus constituting institutions and politics beyond/below the state or global agencies.

In spite of their relative independence from the state and other institutions, it is important to emphasize that TIs are situated in the local, regional, national and global context. We are interested in empirical identification of that multiscale set of conditions that shape them. In that context, the discussion on the importance of communal values and structures and the relationship between TIs relative autonomy and hope, understood as a search for a new way of life, seems promising.

We also look for an anthropological perspective that fosters a relational approach to how ontologically different lifeworlds are created, narrated, juxtaposed or commensurate in alternatives to the politics of growth and the mainstream development discourses.

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Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -