Solidarity without owners: an ethnography of Canada-Colombia relations 'from below'

Date created: 
2010-05-27
Identifier: 
etd6037
Keywords: 
Political activists -- Canada
Political activists -- Colombia -- Cauca
Canada-Latin America foreign relations
Social movements
Indigenous movements
Globalization
Transnationalism
Solidarity
Abstract: 

Globalization ‘from below’ implies the convergence of contentious globalizing forces from a diverse multitude that challenges the logic of neoliberal capitalism in a variety of ways. Scholars and activists understand these phenomena using varied analytical tools. This study starts from globalization from below as rhizomatic and rooted in the resonance of resistance beyond multiple borders, emphasizing the horizontal construction of solidarity as the basis for ‘weaving’ alternative relations of people autonomous from the state and capital. How is solidarity realized as an everyday experience? Through ethnographic description of the activities and transformations of members of the La Chiva Collective (Canada) and the Tejido de Comunicación (Cauca, Colombia), this study examines solidarity as a local and transnational experience and a political possibility that prefigures alternative relations of peoples across borders. Solidarity ‘without owners’ is a living concept, an incipient everyday political practice rooted in mutual aid, accompaniment, affinity, and affection.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Copyright remains with the author. The author granted permission for the file to be printed and for the text to be copied and pasted.
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Supervisor(s): 
Eric Hershberg
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: Latin American Development Studies
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.
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