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The Shape-Shifting Territory: Colonialism, Shamanism and A’I Kofán place-making in the Amazonian Piedmont, Colombia

Carrizosa, Joaquin (2015) The Shape-Shifting Territory: Colonialism, Shamanism and A’I Kofán place-making in the Amazonian Piedmont, Colombia. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Leticia, Amazonas. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This research attempts to bring into a serious dialogue critical ethnography and postcolonial historiography to analyse the Kofan indigenous peoples of the Colombian amazon frontier and the transformations of their socio-spatial practices and cosmographies in a long durée perspective. The thesis is chiefly focused on problematizing "indigenous territory", the notion that is taken for granted by a diverse range of actors, including the Colombian state, indigenous activist, as well as analysts. The ethnographic exploration presented unpacks the ways in which the Kofan people constructs and perceives the territory as complex and 'shape-shifting' in a context of historical violence, colonization, missionization, cocaine production, sorcery and militarization.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Peluso, Daniela
Thesis advisor: Alexiades, Miguel
Uncontrolled keywords: Territory, shamanism, colonialism, amazonia, indigenous
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
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Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 15:00 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50994 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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