Rethinking indigenous politics: The unnoticed struggle for self-determination in Peru

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Most scholars characterise Peru as a country with weak indigenous movements, whose demands would have no influence in regional and national policies, even though its socio-economic structures are similar to those of Bolivia and Ecuador, where indigenous movements are stronger. Based on fieldwork in the northern Peruvian Amazon and Lima between 2012–2013 and 2016–2018, this article argues that pro-indigenous legislation enacted as a response to strong indigenous mobilisation as well as the creation of indigenous autonomous governments in the Amazon express an unnoticed struggle for indigenous self-determination. These social phenomena also raise questions about the common assessment of the strength or weakness of indigenous movements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-528
Number of pages16
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020

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  • Peru
  • autonomy
  • indigenous movements
  • indigenous politics
  • self-determination
  • social emancipation


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