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Violence and Interculturality

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

Violence and Interculturality: Contemporary Indigenous in Bolivia.

Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui

Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui sets out to challenge the prevailing discourses surrounding the indigenous groups of Bolivia. This discourse, she comments, focuses heavily on State politics and ironically excludes the indigenous groups themselves, remaining siloed within the conversations of the mestizo-criollos (Spaniards, colonizers). Cusicanqui shows how the national government of Bolivia aims to eliminate the Foucaultian "problem of difference" by forcing a false narrative of equality on its citizens. This hyperawareness of indigenous rights by the non-indigenous national government actually takes agency away from indigenous groups, she argues. Cusicanqui further explores the problems that come with non-intersectional policy building, the erecting of artificial boundaries, and the drawing of cultural lines. An official translation of this article can be found here.

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