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Title: Environmental conservation, indigenous politics and territorial conflicts : towards an interpretation of the state-indigenous encounter on Lake Titicaca, Peru
Author: Kent, Michael
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2008
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The central objective of this thesis is to analyse the relationship between the state and indigenous movements in the Peruvian Andes. In particular, I focus on a territorial conflict over the reed beds of Lake Titicaca, between the authorities of a state-managed aquatic Reserve and a variety of indigenous groups. These include the Uros, who live in the lake on floating islands they construct out of reeds, and a number of Aymara and Quechua lakeshore communities, who make extensive use of reeds as cattle fodder. Claiming ancestral territorial rights, the Uros have attempted to exclude their territory from the Reserve by applying for its conversion into a different format of protected area designed for direct management by indigenous groups. In response to the Uros' offensive, the Reserve has established alliances with the lakeshore communities, mapping their aquatic territories in order to establish competing territorial claims in which the Uros' area is significantly reduced.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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