Buen Vivir - A short introduction

Buen Vivir - A short introduction

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25. Jun. 2011 by Thomas Fatheuer
Heinrich Böll Stiftung
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Place of Publication: Berlin
Date of Publication: May 2011
Number of Pages: 32
License: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0
ISBN / DOI: 978-3-86928-056-1

Latin America in the year 2011: working in the shadow of the giant Brazil, leftist governments in Ecuador and Bolivia have drawn up new constitutions. Buen Vivir – the right to a good life and the rights of nature – has been enshrined in those documents. Buen Vivir is based on indigenous traditions and values of the Andean region and sees itself as a new development concept that departs from Western paradigms of affluence. In the following essay, Thomas Fatheuer describes the political genesis of a complex concept: Buen Vivir – and a “concept under construction”.

 

Table of contents:

7 Preface

9 Buen Vivir – the right to a good life

11 A new start in South America

14 Bolivia and Ecuador: the Andes axis

19 Buen Vivir – a closer examination

25 Buen Vivir in day-to-day politics: conflicts and new horizons

28 A concluding acknowledgement

30 Further reading

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