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Participatory budgeting in Peru

Democratization, state control, or community autonomy?

Susan Vincent

Touted as a means to extend democracy to previously disenfranchised people, participatory budgeting actually covers a variety of motivations and effects. This article explores diverse reactions and meanings through a case study of the Peruvian peasant community of Allpalumichico. Although the economic system embedded in the legal requirements of the Peruvian participatory budgeting process derives from the global neoliberal agenda, the actual practices also reflect the personal and political strategies of local and national politicians. At the same time, the citizen participants and beneficiaries of the process understand it on their own terms. Despite both the decline of the peasant community as an institution and the increasing heterogeneity of the residents, collective norms of resource distribution continue to inform how allpalumichiqueños engage in participatory budgeting decisions. This collective sense of community could be the basis for much more organic and relevant forms of participatory budgeting.

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Reclaiming the lake

Citizenship and environment-as-common-property in highland Peru

Mattias Borg Rasmussen

Defending what? “Who would not defend his rights?” the old man asked. We were sitting in his cobbler’s store in the small highland town of Recuay in the northern Peruvian Andes. Old shoes were stacked on the shelves on the wall, its blue

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Landscapes and Races in Early Twentieth-Century Peru

The Travels of José Uriel García and Aurelio Miró Quesada Sosa

Rupert J. M. Medd

In this article I discuss the modernization of Peru during the 1930s and 1940s by focusing on the variety of ways in which Peru’s interior regions, natural resources, and people were being perceived and written about. I reflect on two narratives

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The Angry Earth

Wellbeing, Place and Extractivism in the Amazon

Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti

collaborators in the Peruvian Amazon. This is a timely opposition due to the centrality of wellbeing in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals — its post- 2015 Development Agenda (see Haddad and Jolly 2013 ). My engagement with kametsa asaiki is

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Infrastructures of progress and dispossession

Collective responses to shrinking water access among farmers in Arequipa, Peru

Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen

It is a particularity of Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru that the urban landscape is made up of a patchwork of parts with buildings, roads and cement, and parts of cultivated land. The cultivated areas are known as la campiña

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Community Capacity Building

Transforming Amerindian Sociality in Peruvian Amazonia

Christopher Hewlett

Institute of Linguistics (SIL) which began over fifty years ago in Peruvian Amazonia. As I demonstrate from my historical research into this project, close reading of accounts of former SIL employees and my own fieldwork among a people called the Amahuaca

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Transnational Human Rights Litigation

A Means of Obtaining Effective Remedy Abroad?

Angela Lindt

observe how law becomes effective in claims against TNCs. This article is the result of a research project on the human rights movement and the judicialization of mining conflicts in Peru. In undertaking this research, I analyse how Peruvian social

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The emergence of the global debt society

Governmentality and profit extraction through fabricated abundance and imposed scarcity in Peru and Spain

Ismael Vaccaro, Eric Hirsch, and Irene Sabaté

. The moral obligation to repay debts is thus reinforced by additional means (bureaucratic, legal, financial) that increase the pressure on debtors. Through the analysis of ethnographic accounts from Spain and Peru, we argue that the global debt

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Safe milk and risky quinoa

The lottery and precarity of farming in Peru

Astrid B. Stensrud

When various Peruvian governments were planning the Majes Irrigation Project (MIP) in the 1960s and 1970s, the long-term vision was to develop an industrial, export-oriented agriculture and bring economic development to southern Peru. Today, most

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Fredy B.L. Tobing and Asra Virgianita

) has escalated. The trend of economic growth centered in the Asia Pacific region as well as in Latin America and African countries provides the face of this shift. Countries, like Indonesia and Peru, have utilized free trade to power economic growth