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Meeting Call for Papers Announcement
CFP AAA 2013: Minga por la vida? Revisiting Practices of Andean Cooperation
Sponsor: AJ Faas
Contact Information
Albert J Faas
4325 Hunters Club Dr
Raleigh Nor 27606 United States
Phone: 8138466666
Cooperation has played significant roles in the emergence and evolution of behaviorally modern humans and cooperative behavior has remained central to a range of environmental, economic, cultural, and political problems and practices. Multiple cooperative practices (ayni, minga, randimpa, etc.) have been cited as distinct examples of Andean peoples’ historical capacities for mutual aid and they have played noteworthy roles in Andean political mobilization and social movements. Andean practices of cooperation and reciprocity are historically rooted in the periodic needs to mobilize social labor in smallholder agricultural communities and pre-Colombian and colonial forms of domination. These practices are often adapted to new contexts and purposes, including commons management, development programs, disaster relief, and social and political movements. The shared base of Andean cooperative labor has been said to itself constitute “a kind of human-made commons” (Mayer 2002:124), but these practices are not always based on common interests. They are situated in and produced in contexts of unequal power relations and several anthropologists have studied the patterned, asymmetrical reciprocity bound up in Andean cooperation including expression, concealment, exercise, and disputes of class, power, and identity. Important questions remain as to the variables that produce, sustain, and disrupt Andean cooperation and new questions continue to arise regarding the practice of cooperation in situations including environmental management strategies, development schemes, disaster relief, and political movements. The diversification and deployment of Andean practices and metaphors of cooperation in novel contexts present rich fields of inquiry into natural resource management, culture change, political economy, and the dialectics of practice and representation. Forms of reciprocity and cooperation are riddled with contradictions and tensions between cooperative, mutual support practices and unequal power relations and they are often intimately tied to the preservation, (re)creation, and contestation of Andean identities. Papers in this panel will build upon earlier studies of Andean reciprocity and cooperation to explore some of the ways these practices have responded and contributed to local, regional, and global dynamics. If you are interested in contributing to this session, please send a paper abstract (250 words max) to AJ Faas ( by April 8.
Keywords: Cooperation | Andes | Reciprocity
This announcement will be displayed until: 04/09/2013
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