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Sumak kawsay in Ecuador: The role of communitarian economy and the experience of the rural communities in Sarayaku (Ecuadorian Amazonia)

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Ramírez Cendrero, Juan Manuel and García, Santiago and Santillán, Alejandro (2017) Sumak kawsay in Ecuador: The role of communitarian economy and the experience of the rural communities in Sarayaku (Ecuadorian Amazonia). Journal of Rural Studies, 53 . pp. 111-121. ISSN 0743-0167

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.05.018



Abstract

This paper analyzes the concrete experience of a communitarian economy (Sarayaku) from which empirical evidence may be drawn to enhance debates around development, post-development, and sumak kawsay. Some forms of land exploitation and social organization in rural communities such as this may better illustrate the communitarian economy and can provide solid and specific clarification of certain aspects of sumak kawsay. Analysis of these realities and their theoretical implications within current debates about development are the contribution of this work. In particular, the analysis of Sarayaku allows, first, to identify a non-capitalist economic rationality; second, to show some conditions of biocentrism; and, third, to verify the difficulties of translating these experiences to different territorial environments On this basis, we conclude with the difficulties of maintaining the communitarian economy, its social organization and its form of land exploitation in rural communities in the future.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Development; Post-development; Sumak kawsay; Communitarian economy; Sarayaku.
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Economic cooperation
Social sciences > Economics > Regional economics
ID Code:57202
Deposited On:03 Oct 2019 09:19
Last Modified:06 Mar 2020 13:28

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