"Legalizing Indigenous Self-Determination: Autonomy and Buen Vivir in Latin America"


Multiculturalism, Social Justice, Indigenous Peoples, Self-determination and autonomy, Free Prior and Informed Consent y Indigenous law






This essay discusses recent experiences in Latin America to legalize indigenous rights, claims and cosmovisions, contributing to current debates on the opportunities, risks and effects of transforming indigenous claims to autonomy into the idiom of rights, self-determination and buen vivir. Focusing on two highly contested areas of legalization - the extent of indigenous political autonomy and jurisdiction, and the nature of consultation to secure free prior and informed consent (FPIC) – we argue that the process of legalization has entered a new phase associated with the exhaustion of the neoliberal multicultural model that dominated much of the region in the 1990s and 2000s. The current period is characterized simultaneously by the “constitutionalization” of everyday life by indigenous communities and organizations as a means to strengthen indigenous autonomies on the ground, and by a combination of continuing formal-legal recognitions which are not upheld in practice, and the accelerated criminalization and repression of indigenous protest.

Referencia bibliográfica

Barrera Vivero, Ana y Rachel Sieder. (2017). "Legalizing Indigenous Self-Determination: Autonomy and Buen Vivir in Latin America", The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, online publication: 16 January 2017.


Ana Barrero Vivero y Rachel Sieder, “"Legalizing Indigenous Self-Determination: Autonomy and Buen Vivir in Latin America",” Red INTEGRA, consulta 22 de septiembre de 2019, http://biblioteca.redintegra.org/items/show/336.

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