Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Indians weaving in cyberspace indigenous urban youth cultures, identities and politics of languages
by Jimenez Quispe, Luz, Ph.D., The University of Arizona, 2013, 324; 3605909
Abstract (Summary)

This study is aimed at analyzing how contemporary urban Aymara youth hip hoppers and bloggers are creating their identities and are producing discourses in texts and lyrics to contest racist and colonial discourses. The research is situated in Bolivia, which is currently engaged in a cultural and political revolution supported by Indigenous movements. Theoretically the study is framed by a multi-perspective conceptual framework based on subaltern studies, coloniality of power, coloniality of knowledge, interculturality and decolonial theory. Aymara young people illustrate the possibility of preserving Indigenous identities, language, and knowledge while maximizing the benefits of urban society. This challenges the colonial ideology that has essentialized the rural origin of Indigenous identities. Moreover, this research argues that the health of Indigenous languages is interconnected with the health of the self-esteem of Indigenous people. Additionally, this study provides information about the relation of youth to the power of oral tradition, language policies, and the use of technology.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gonzalez, Norma
Commitee: Combs, Mary Carol, Ruiz, Richard, Wyman, Leisy
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Language, Reading & Culture
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 75/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Bilingual education, Multicultural Education, Educational technology
Keywords: Colonial ideology, Education, Indigenous youth, Intercultural policies, Subaltern studies, Technology
Publication Number: 3605909
ISBN: 9781303627118
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