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Can states be decolonized? Indigenous peoples and radical constitutional reform in Bolivia

Doyle, Matthew; (2023) Can states be decolonized? Indigenous peoples and radical constitutional reform in Bolivia. The Journal of Peasant Studies 10.1080/03066150.2023.2201679. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article critically examines the project of transformative constitutionalism implemented by the Movement for Socialism (MAS) government which aims to decolonize Bolivian society through constructing a ‘plurinational’ state. Based on ethnography of the political institutions of a rural indigenous community and their interaction with this new state, it argues that programs of constitutional reform are limited in their capacity to address colonial legacies. This is due to the incompatibility of the polyvalent character of postcolonial indigenous societies with the disposition of states and legal systems to bureaucratically re-order and simplify social life, even when ostensibly providing rights and recognitions to marginalized groups.

Type: Article
Title: Can states be decolonized? Indigenous peoples and radical constitutional reform in Bolivia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2023.2201679
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2023.2201679
Language: English
Additional information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s)or with their consent.
Keywords: Decolonization, peasant union, ayllu, indigenous, Bolivia, constitutional reform
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10170928
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