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Global Ayahuasca: An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Peluso, Daniela M. (2016) Global Ayahuasca: An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. In: The World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Reinventions and Controversies. Labate, B.C., Cavnar, C.& Gearin, A.K. (eds). Routledge, London, UK, pp. 203-221. ISBN 978-1-4724-6663-1. E-ISBN 978-1-4724-6663-1. (KAR id:45270)


This chapter examines issues surrounding the viability and desirability of recent entrepreneurs and entrepreneurships aiming to create effective measures of 'transparency' 'efficacy' and 'safety' with regards to the increasing participation in the ayahuasca sessions that take place in local and global settings. It raises critical questions about the methods through which such initiatives seek to identify those legitimate authorities, actors, voices and criteria or can in turn deem certain practices and actors legitimate and others not. This takes place in environments where there are marked disjunctures between what transpires in the spoken, visible and unspoken, invisible worlds particularly amidst great inequality. Whereas such enterprises may make sense from a market perspective, they make little sense within the broader social, political and cultural contexts in which ayahuasca practitioners live and operate.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Amazonia, indigenous peoples, entrepreneurship, ayahuasca, certification, ethics
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Daniela Peluso
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2014 00:01 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2023 06:43 UTC
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