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#PoTW  Young lives at the outskirts of progress: a child-centred study of Indigenous exclusion and marginalisation in Amazonian Peru

Peru

When: 10 May 2018, 5.30–7.30pm
Who: Institute of Latin American Studies, LSE, Goldsmiths, University of London and University College London
Where: Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This talk by Dr Camilla Morelli, a social anthropology lecturer at Bristol University, examines the challenges faced by indigenous children and youth in Peru who are rejecting hunter-gathering lifestyles in the rainforest for market-based, urban livelihoods.

Using visual collaborative methods, she will investigate how these young people are receiving and negotiating the impact of urbanisation, political readjustments, and rapid expansion of neoliberal markets in Latin America. The analysis draws on ethnographic fieldwork with the country’s Matses people, who have recently ended a long period of voluntarily isolation in the rainforest.

Dr Morelli will argue that children and youth play an active role in appropriating national and transnational influences beyond their communities. They include urban practices, globalised media, and developmental policies centred on specific ideas of ‘progress’ promoted by the Peruvian state. And in choosing to do so, they are entering unprecedented conditions of poverty and marginalisation as they become part of a global economy.

Young lives at the outskirts of progress: a child-centred study of Indigenous exclusion and marginalisation in Amazonian Peru is part of a series of seminars run by the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Anthropology departments of LSE, Goldsmiths, University of London and University College London.

They allow scholars in the early phase of their careers working on Latin America to get feedback on their work in a supportive and collaborative environment, and build connections between researchers and departments.

The fortnightly events, which take place at the Senate House during term time, are chaired by peers on a rotational basis and each presentation last around 45 minutes, to allow time for questions and discussion.

All are welcome. Attendance is free.

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