The Houses that Evo Built: Autonomy, Vivir Bien and Viviendas in Bolivia

The Houses that Evo Built: Autonomy, Vivir Bien and Viviendas in Bolivia
11 October 2018, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Jonathan Alderman, ILAS

Opening session of the 2018/19 Latin American Anthropology Seminar.

Followed by drinks.

This paper examines the contradictory nature of the concept of Vivir Bien (living well), the concept which became ubiquitous in Bolivian state discourse and policy since the election of Evo Morales as Bolivia’s president in 2005. While Bolivia’s constitutional refounding as plurinational is supposed to facilitate indigenous peoples in living according to their conception of living well, the state still appears to attempt to implements its own conception of good living through rural social programmes promoted as enabling rural indigenous peoples to live well. I focus in this paper on the implementation of one such social programme, a housing donation programme in the municipality of Charazani, in the north of the department of La Paz. The engagement of the communities of Charazani with the housing programme serves to demonstrate differing notions of Vivir Bien between neighbouring communities, but also that a programme designed to facilitate Vivir Bien may actually provide obstacles to the realization of an indigenous conception of Living Well.

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