On the Road Towards Empowerment: Ayllu-Community Values and Practices in an Urban Setting. The Case of the Community of Urban Aymaras of Pampajasi, La Paz, Bolivia

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Title: On the Road Towards Empowerment: Ayllu-Community Values and Practices in an Urban Setting. The Case of the Community of Urban Aymaras of Pampajasi, La Paz, Bolivia
Author: Montenegro, Elena Carmen Raquel, 1954-
Abstract: Using historical and theoretical insights, this thesis explores how the urban grassroots organization Community of Urban Aymaras of Pampajasi (CAUP) has used elements of the rural ayllu-community to gain agency towards the empowerment of its members and explores the roles played by activism and strategic support. The research for this thesis took place in Pampajasi, a neighborhood of La Paz, between 2006 and 2007. It included participating observation, interviews and focus groups with the first and second generation migrants to La Paz that constitute most of the membership ofthe CAUP, as well as interviews with non-members. By better understanding how the elements of the ayllu-community are being used to gain empowerment, other grassroots organizations, researchers, activists, policy makers and development specialists may acquire insights into how traditional culture can be used to construct alternative forms of organization in post-colonial societies.
Description: xviii, 307 p. : ill. (some col.) A print copy of this title is available through the UO Libraries under the call numbers: KNIGHT F2230.2.A9 M66 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/7778
Date: 2008-06


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