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1 An autobiographical vision of different modes of activism in the last half century Pablo Regalsky CENDA Cochabamba

2 Activism as a personal drama

3 Activism is a personal option but the enabling circumstances the institutional framework

4 What are the lessons? The 1968 movement: The understanding of collective action vis a vis the nation state as a challenge to the fragmentation of the subject : global crisis, the workers defeat and the emergence of ethnic movements.

5 Understanding ethnic/class movements The challenge to territorial authority

6 Institutional framework NGOs as bridges towards reconstruction of state authority via governmentality (developmentalism, green revolution) The possibility to take advantage of governmentality strategies (CENDA) in support of collective subject strategies

7 Action-Research and the Collective Subject Politicisation of cultural difference The issue of indigenous knowledge Different forms of governance Territory as jurisdictional rights of access to resources

8 The attempt at extending the authority of the state via decentralisation (1994). The “Political Instrument” The water wars (2000) The state crisis (2003) and fall of neoliberal government. The demand for a sovereign Constituent Assembly ( ).

9 Situation of territorial demands in Bolivia

10 INDIGENOUS TERRITORIES, OIL Companies, Forestry & Mining Industry Concesiones Mineras 11 % Concesiones Forestales 6 % Concesiones Petroleras 15 % AA.PP.18 % demandas TCO´s 30,3 % TCO tituladas 9.9% Fuente:VMT CPTI CEDIB elab propia

11 We don’t recognize the legitimacy of the nation-state, it is not the source of our identity, we are the owners of this place and so we don’t pay taxes. We pay taxes so we have citizenship rights, we need to have recognition from the state because we recognize the nation-state as the source of my identity

12 The rebuilding of the nation-state authority? The decline of western civilization?


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