Knowledge and Learning in the Andes

BookKnowledge and Learning in the Andes

Knowledge and Learning in the Andes

Ethnographic Perspectives

Liverpool Latin American Studies, 3


May 1st, 2003

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The aim of this book is to explore the current research into the ways in which Andean peoples create, transmit, maintain and transform their knowledge in culturally significant ways, and how processes of teaching and learning relate to these. The contributions, from eminent researchers in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies and linguistics, include cross-disciplinary approaches, and cover a diverse geographic area from Ecuador to Peru, Bolivia and Northern Chile. The case studies reflect on the variously harmonious and conflictive relationships between knowledge, power, communicative media and cultural identities in Andean societies, from within local, national and global perspectives.

Author Information

Dr Henry Stobart is Reader in Music/Ethnomusicology in the Music Department of Royal Holloway, he is the founder and co-ordinator of the UK Latin American Music Seminar, Associate Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and Committee Member of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology. Professor Rosaleen Howard is Chair of Hispanic Studies at Newcastle University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
List of Illustrations7
List of Contributors9
Part I: Multiple Media in the Creation and Transmission of Knowledge25
1: Yachay: The Tragedia del fin de Atahuallpa as Evidence of the Colonisation of Knowledge in the Andes27
2: Transmission of Knowledge through Textiles: Weaving and Learning How to Live50
3: Coloured Knowledges: Colour Perception and the Dissemination of Knowledge in Isluga, Northern Chile66
4: Interlocking Realms: Knowing Music and Musical Knowing in the Bolivian Andes89
Part II: Knowledge, Power and Authority117
5: Coming to Power: Knowledge, Learning and Historic Pathways to Authority in a Bolivian Community119
6: Juggling Knowledge, Juggling Power: The Role of the Professional Indigenous Activist in San Pablo, Ecuador137
Part III: Conflicting Paradigms of Knowledge149
7: Why Nazario is Leaving School: Community Perspectives on Formal Schooling in Rural Bolivia151
8: Local Knowledge in Health: The Case of Andean Midwifery176
9: Learning and Re-Learning How to Plant: The Impact of New Crops on the Spread and Control of New Agricultural Knowledge in the Ecuadorian Andes204