Grassroots Special Section: Knowledge co-creation and water conservation in the Global South, edited by Emilie Dupuits, Cecilia Puertas & Jörg Balsiger

Historicizing more-than-human knowledge practices around water in the Lake Poopó basin, Bolivia

Author: Hanne Cottyn orcid logo (Ghent University)

  • Historicizing more-than-human knowledge practices around water in the Lake Poopó basin, Bolivia

    Grassroots Special Section: Knowledge co-creation and water conservation in the Global South, edited by Emilie Dupuits, Cecilia Puertas & Jörg Balsiger

    Historicizing more-than-human knowledge practices around water in the Lake Poopó basin, Bolivia

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Abstract

This article develops a more-than-human and historicizing perspective on the co-creation of water knowledge in and around Lake Poopó, Bolivia, an Andean wetland area of international importance threatened by desertification. Through a combination of historical and ethnographic sources, it particularly focuses on the knowledge practices of the Uru or Qot Z'oñi communities who are recognized as "people of the waters and the lakes" and live as an ethnic minority in this dramatically transforming water basin. Starting from contemporary efforts to protect Uru water knowledges, it traces how shifting more-than-human entanglements and (neo)colonial encounters have produced, excluded, and transformed these knowledges.

Keywords: Bolivia, water knowledge, knowledge co-creation, Uru Qot Z'oñi, Lake Poopó

How to Cite:

Cottyn, H., (2023) “Historicizing more-than-human knowledge practices around water in the Lake Poopó basin, Bolivia”, Journal of Political Ecology 30(1), 401–412. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.5492

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  • Independent Social Research Foundation

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Published on
09 Jul 2023
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