London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
Book — xiv, 190 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
1. Introduction: Vivir Bien as a post-neoliberal alternative in the global world
Bolivia's indigenous alternative to universalist development models Following the notion of Vivir Bien Synopsis of the book
2. Towards decolonial government
Policy-making, state formation, and power Government as a field of power Articulations of rule Indigenous self-governance, lands and territories Articulating indigeneity Coloniality, racism, and the decolonial option Vivir Bien: Towards more heterodox political economy?
3. Indigenous resistance struggles, coloniality of the state and the capitalist world-system: A historical view
Colonial governance and the making of racial differences Struggles between liberal and communal practices The nationalist revolution and the uprising of katarismo The global flow of indigenous ideas The neoliberal turn Multicultural policy reforms in the 1990s The evolvement of the MAS as a political instrument
4. Contested meanings of Vivir Bien
Suma Qamana as cultural difference Promoting indigenous self-determination Vivir Bien in state development policies
5. "Colonialism strikes back": Vivir Bien as bureaucratic practice and technical expertise
The making of sectoral plans The depoliticization of Vivir Bien Micropractices of power in the practice of government The critique of technical expertise by aid agencies Technicalizing indigenous expertise Young consultants as brokers of policy knowledge
6. Bureaucracy as a disciplinary power
The opposition of public servants Are public servants neutral? Racial orders under threat Co-opting social movements Disciplining the masses Centralization of state power
7. In the name of Vivir Bien: Legitimizing extractive conflicts?
Elite co-option of autonomy discourses Bypassing indigenous self-determination Towards resource nationalism Extractive conflicts: The case of TIPNIS Socialist environmentalism or reconstituted neoliberalism?
8. Concluding remarks
The state and neoliberalism
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Presenting an ethnographic account of the emergence and application of critical political alternatives in the Global South, this book analyses the opportunities and challenges of decolonizing and transforming a modern, hierarchical and globally-immersed nation-state on the basis of indigenous terminologies. Alternative development paradigms that represent values including justice, pluralism, democracy and a sustainable relationship to nature tend to emerge in response to - and often opposed to - the neoliberal globalization. Through a focus on the empirical case of the notion of Vivir Bien (`Living Well') as a critical cultural and ecological paradigm, Ranta demonstrates how indigeneity - indigenous peoples' discourses, cultural ideas and worldviews - has become such a denominator in the construction of local political and policy alternatives. More widely, the author seeks to map conditions for, and the challenges of, radical political projects that aim to counteract neoliberal globalization and Western hegemony in defining development. This book will appeal to critical academic scholars, development practitioners and social activists aiming to come to grips with the complexity of processes of progressive social change in our contemporary global world. (source: Nielsen Book Data)