Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

German colonists and Andean outsiders: The shifting dimensions of power in Peru's highland Amazon
by Soler, Paola M., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 120; 1527491
Abstract (Summary)

Pozuzo was established in 1859 as German colony in Peru's highland Amazon. Given its remote location, Pozuzo developed as a Germanic enclave that held tightly to its roots for over a century. The 1976 introduction of La Marginal highway brought many Andean migrants to the area; however, Pozuzo's ethnic identity remains intact. While many Germanic descendants (entitled colonos) have intermarried with mestizos and, to a lesser extent Andinos (known locally as outsiders), most colonos perceive a social demarcation between themselves and the Andino population that now outnumbers them. I explore Germanic descendants' construction of a "colono narrative" as a response to inflated Andino migration, and the tensions and accommodations taking place as local political power moves away from "the colonists," to the "outsiders." Specifically, I focus on the complicated nature of social relations, concluding that Pozuzo's founding, and current social tumult, speaks to larger issues of 21 st century indigenous rights.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howell, Jayne
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, European history, History
Keywords: Andes Mountains, Highways, Identity, Roads, Social memory
Publication Number: 1527491
ISBN: 978-1-303-77384-6
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