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Sandoval Ferro, Blanca Iris, 2013. Overcoming inequalities without challenging women’s loyalty to the indigenous community : case study in the Indigenous Community Nasa Kiwe, Colombia. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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A large amount of resources are devoted by indigenous populations in Colombia to reestablish their political, cultural and territorial autonomy. There is no doubt about the commitment of indigenous men and women with such communal aims. However, the unequal power relations that women experience to participate in the social and political life of their communities lose attention in front of the discourses of these broader issues. Thus, the present thesis aims to understand how indigenous women reconcile the loyalty to their communities, while needing to bring up inequalities they experience.

Fieldwork based on participant observation and interviews was carried out in the Indigenous Community Nasa Kiwe Tekh Ksxaw in the northern Cauca department, Colombia. Feminist and postcolonial theories guide this thesis to uncover the forms that inequalities take and the mechanisms that allow their reproduction. The study also explores the effects of dominant discourses on women´s agency in the struggle for gender equality.

In addition, this thesis contributes to research on forms of discursive colonization, and study of organizing principles of the public and the private spheres.

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Importante cantidad de recursos son destinados por los pueblos indígenas de Colombia en el restablecimiento de su autonomía política, cultural y territorial. No hay duda sobre el compromiso de hombres y mujeres indígenas con estos objetivos comunes. Sin embargo, relaciones inequitativas de poder que mujeres experimentan para participar en la vida social y política de sus comunidades, pierden atención frente a discursos sobre dichas luchas. Así, la presente tesis busca entender cómo las mujeres indígenas reconcilian la lealtad a sus comunidades y la necesidad de abordar las desigualdades que ellas experimentan.

El trabajo de campo de esta tesis se basa en observación participativa y entrevistas realizadas en el Resguardo Indígena Nasa Kiwe Tekh Ksxaw, norte del departamento de Cauca, Colombia. Teorías feministas y postcoloniales guían esta tesis para revelar formas que toman las desigualdades y mecanismos que permiten su reproducción. Este trabajo también explora los efectos de discursos dominantes sobre la agencia de la mujer en la lucha por la igualdad de género en este contexto.

Además, el trabajo contribuye con investigación sobre formas de colonización discursiva, y el estudio de principios organizativos de las relaciones en las esferas pública y privada.

Main title:Overcoming inequalities without challenging women’s loyalty to the indigenous community
Subtitle:case study in the Indigenous Community Nasa Kiwe, Colombia
Authors:Sandoval Ferro, Blanca Iris
Supervisor:Arora-Jonsson, Seema
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2013
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Cauca, Colombia, agency, discursive colonization, gender, indigenous woman, power relations, public sphere, social and political participation
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-2878
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-2878
Subjects:Rural population
Language:English
Deposited On:30 Oct 2013 14:48
Metadata Last Modified:30 Oct 2013 14:48

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