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CDS Blog: Buen Vivir and “post-extractivism” in Andean countries: notes on the search for a real alternative to “alternative development”

Mon Jan 27 11:33:00 GMT 2014

CDS PhD Candidate Roger Merino Acuna has contributed the most recent post to the Centre for Development Studies DevLog.

Buen Vivir and “post-extractivism” in Andean countries: notes on the search for a real alternative to “alternative development”

"In the last few years, Buen Vivir has been emerging in Andean countries as an indigenous perspective for development with the potential to be a real alternative to both mainstream and “ alternative” development approaches in both theoretical and practical terms. Buen vivir (Good life), is a notion taken from the cosmology of indigenous peoples of the Andes of Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. It is the Spanish translation of the Quechua concept Sumac kawsay and the Aymara concept Suma qamaña. This concept is a fundamental principle of many indigenous cosmologies and expresses a particular way to know (epistemology) and being (ontology) in the world. It presents the indigenous social organisation based on the idea of relationality among human beings and nature in a context of solidarity, communal economy and communal legality."

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