Indigenous and Popular Thinking in América



[PDF / Epub] ✩ Indigenous and Popular Thinking in América ☉ Rodolfo Kusch – E17streets4all.co.uk Originally published in Mexico in , Indigenous and Popular Thinking in Am rica is the first book by the Argentine philosopher Rodolfo Kusch to be translated into English At its core is a binary crea originally published in Mexico in , Indigenous Popular Thinking PDF Å and Popular Thinking in Am rica is the first book by the Argentine philosopher Rodolfo Indigenous and ePUB Æ Kusch to be translated into English At its core is a binary created by colonization and the devaluation of indigenous practices and cosmologies and Popular Thinking PDF Ê an opposition between the technologies and rationalities of European modernity and the popular mode of thinking, which is deeply tied to Indian ways of knowing and being Arguing that this binary cuts through Am rica, Kusch seeks to identify and recover the indigenous and popular way of thinking, which he contends is dismissed or misunderstood by many urban Argentines, including leftist intellectuals Indigenous and Popular Thinking in Am rica is a record of Kusch s attempt to immerse himself in the indigenous ways of knowing and being At first glance, his methodology resembles ethnography He speaks with and observes indigenous people and mestizos in Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina He questions them about their agricultural practices and economic decisions he observes rituals he asks women in the market the meaning of indigenous talismans he interviews shamans he describes the spatial arrangement and the contents of shrines, altars, and temples and he reproduces diagrams of archaeological sites, which he then interprets at length Yet he does not present a them to a putative us Instead, he offers an inroad to a way of thinking and being that does not follow the logic or fit into the categories of Western social science and philosophy In his introduction, Walter D Mignolo discusses Kusch s work and its relation to that of other twentieth century intellectuals, Argentine history, and contemporary scholarship on the subaltern and decoloniality.Indigenous and Popular Thinking in América

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    Indigenous and Popular Thinking in América Epub ´ of knowing and being Arguing that this binary cuts through Am rica, Kusch seeks to identify and recover the indigenous and popular way of thinking, which he contends is dismissed or misunderstood by many urban Argentines, including leftist intellectuals Indigenous and Popular Thinking in Am rica is a record of Kusch s attempt to immerse himself in the indigenous ways of knowing and being At first glance, his methodology resembles ethnography He speaks with and observes indigenous people and mestizos in Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina He questions them about their agricultural practices and economic decisions he observes rituals he asks women in the market the meaning of indigenous talismans he interviews shamans he describes the spatial arrangement and the contents of shrines, altars, and temples and he reproduces diagrams of archaeological sites, which he then interprets at length Yet he does not present a them to a putative us Instead, he offers an inroad to a way of thinking and being that does not follow the logic or fit into the categories of Western social science and philosophy In his introduction, Walter D Mignolo discusses Kusch s work and its relation to that of other twentieth century intellectuals, Argentine history, and contemporary scholarship on the subaltern and decoloniality."/>
  • Paperback
  • 296 pages
  • Indigenous and Popular Thinking in América
  • Rodolfo Kusch
  • English
  • 09 June 2019
  • 0822346419

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    One of the interesting things about the growing debates about decolonisation, about rethinking empire and about the dynamics and relations of colonialism, at least in the English speaking world, is that much of the key thinking and writing in the field is emerging from the former Spanish Empire in central south America This means that not only are we engaging with some exciting new ways to think about the world, we re doing so from what for many of us is new places as well and are beginning One of the interesting things about the growing debates about decolonisation, about rethinking empire and about the dynamics and relations of colonialism, at least in the English speaking world, is that much of the key thinking and writing in the field is emerging from the former Spanish Empire in central south America This means that not only are we engaging with some exciting new ways to think about the world, we re doing so from what for many of us is new places as well and are beginning to look at a line of thinking and analysis that goes back half a century orRodolpho Kusch s intriguing and challenging philosophical work is one such set of work, if this is anything to go by including showing that the line of analysis goes back hundreds of years There has, at least in English, for some years now been a growing body of work exploring modes of thinking amongst peoples indigenous to what we now call North America Some of this has been the anthropological view from the outside, but increasingly we ve been seeing insider view I m not talking here about the New Age inflected romanticisation of indigenous cosmologies that are as settler colonial exploitative as any other kinds of appropriation, but works that explore ways of making sense of the world Kusch is an important contribution to the field because he engages explicitly and directly with the politics of the status of indigenous world views to cast a three fold dynamic between what he calls the indigenous, the popular and the scientistic Despite this tripartite form, there is a binary logic here between object event centred scientism of colonial modernity and relationship centred affective forms of the indigenous and the popular This isn t to say that he preserves this binary form, but that it shapes his argument There is an ethnographic sense to the case he ventures into the field, talks to and observes world making in indigenous settings with community spiritual figures as well as in conversation with people in various locations in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina He discusses spirituality, farming techniques, house design and a whole array of other practices, not to report them in and of themselves but to explore how and why decision making occurs This, then, is ethnography in support of philosophy Alongside this ethnographic method, Kusch brings a tightly cast analytic approach to case that is to say, this is methodologically very much in the British tradition of analytic philosophy Much of the discussion then unpacks and unravels discourse as terms in Spanish, Quecha and Aymara are explored, compared and given meaning in relation to each other and within the dynamic of the language s in question.This rigorous analytic approach allows Kusch to build an image of a wider mode of thought as focused on dynamic inter relationships rather than on things, and allows him to explore what that means in terms of a range of social spheres economic life and so forth to develop a sense of a mode of thinking and resultant social practice at odds with colonial modernity not that he uses that terminology, but it is easy to see how Walter Mignolo might have been influenced by Kusch in his development of that set of ideas He wraps up the case by suggesting that indigenous and popular, where popular is influenced by indigenous modes but isolated from the indigenous social world, have an impact on dominant modes of thinking and sense making Tellingly the analytic approach, which can sometimes lead to clearly demarcated conclusions, leads Kusch to a conclusion that turns of fluidity and a blurring of his boundaries It is in this concluding aspect of the case that his conceptualisation of Am rica becomes important, as a way to present a subaltern world shaped by class and colonisation across the continent as a whole north, central south Although his evidence is drawn primarily from Andean settings he draws on some secondary literature from central regions and the south west of what is now the USA This allows him to posit some generalisable conclusions, although tentatively he knows he is on his most solid ground in the Andes The case however turns on two key tropes a distinction between what he calls rhythmic modes of thought and scientistic modes, and between a focus on relationships and a focus on things as his distinctions between indigenous popular and colonial modern modes It is a compelling argument, sustained and given depth by an outstanding introduction by Mignolo contextualising and exploring some of the implications of the text, and a useful discussion by the translators of their approach and decisions The text was first published in 1970 and the translators have remined true to Kusch s language, meaning there is some terminology that we would not use some readily today, and tendency to generalise from a male pronoun For those of with limited grounding in Spanish America s intellectual and political writings some of the discussions might prove to be a challenge I had to look some people up along the way and there is no harm in that.There is much to relish here, and for this extends and challenges some of the conclusions that have emerged from my readings of the Anglo phone writing on indigenous modes of thinking although reinforced a sense that any distinction between ontology and epistemology is incorrect when looking at the relationship centric, rhythmic modes especially in the construction of indigenous and popular, challenging the risk of treating indigenous modes as somehow closed off from everyday ways this is also a useful rebuttal to the New Ageish colonial appropriation So, a challenging read, but an important and valuable one worthy of several return visits to key aspects

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