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Studying discourse innovations: the case of the indigenous movement in Ecuador

Diskurs-Innovationen: der Fall der Indigenenbewegung in Ecuador
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Altmann, Philipp

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Abstract "Discursive development is fluid and continuous, making it hard to determine the concrete moment of discursive change or innovation. The disruptive moment of the introduction, disappearance or reformulation of a central political concept can allow a closer definition of this moment of change, its context and its direction. The analysis of political concepts within a given discourse can contribute to the definition of discursive actors, specific texts that introduce the concept in question and its trajectory within a social movement or the society as such. This is exemplified in the indigenous movement in Ecuador. This movement underwent a considerable discursive change in the 1970s and 1980s, a renovation that still forms the basis for its central position in national politics today. With this discursive shift, the movement began to understand the indigenous peoples as nationalities with state-like structures that would allow self-determination and give them a right to autonomy. This innovation led to a radical discursive shift with demands for a plurinational and -subsequently- intercultural reorganization of society and state. The new discourse and the political concepts introduced by the movement not only gave it a position to speak from, but also changed the discourse of society and state in Ecuador." (author's abstract)
Keywords Ecuador; politics; conception; indigenous peoples; discourse analysis; historical development; intercultural factors; social movement; social change; self-determination; autonomy; innovation; society; national politics; American Indian
Classification History; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology; Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 161-184
Journal Historical Social Research, 40 (2015) 3
Issue topic Methods of innovation research: qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works