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University of New Mexico

1. Castro-Sotomayor, José R. Translating Global Nature: Territoriality, Environmental Discourses, and Ecocultural Identities.

Degree: Department of Communication and Journalism, 2018, University of New Mexico

In this study, I explore environmental discourses circulating among Indigenous transboundary organizations working on environmental initiatives at the border between Ecuador and Colombia. I focus on three global environmental discourses –sustainability, development, and climate change– as they are at the core of the global environmental governance vernacular. La Gran Familia Awá Binacional (GFAB), one of the few transboundary Indigenous organizations working along the binational border, utilizes these global concepts to frame their environmental initiatives and projects. I use a critical and interpretive qualitative approach to investigate, deconstruct, and rearticulate global environmental discourses circulating among and translated by two of the organizations forming the GFAB: Federación de Centros Awá del Ecuador (FCAE) and Unidad Indígena del Pueblo Awá (UNIPA) from Colombia. I conducted in-depth interviews with cultural and political elites working in, or related to, these Awá organizations. I analyze interview texts, Awá organizations’ community-based plans, official government documents, and NGOs reports to understand (1) How does the GFAB understand, construct, and reproduce their relationships with their territories?; (2) How does the GFAB translate the global environmental discourses of development, sustainability, and climate change at the level of the communities with which this organization works?; and (3) What are the politics of identity, ecocultural identities and positionings, that emerge from Awá’s translation of and engagement with development, sustainability, and climate change within Awá’s territoriality? To answer these questions, I investigate how transboundary Indigenous communities construct a sense of territory, navigate global environmental discourses, and negotiate multiple ecocultural identities. I describe the articulations among relationships and principles that configure Awá’s territoriality. Then, I situate the notion of translation in relation to Awá’s territory, katza su, to explore the system of meanings implicated in Awá’s translation of the global environmental discourses of development, sustainability, and climate change. I illustrate how Awá recontextualize and emplace these discourses once they enter the material and discursive realm of Awá’s territoriality. Finally, I further the notion of territory and territoriality to investigate the formation of Awá, mestizos, and Afros’ ecocultural identities. I illustrate how two dialectics, insider-outsider and respect-disrespect, work in the discursive positioning of these populations as restorative or unwholesome ecocultural identities. In closing, I propose a rhizomatic situational analysis framework to map factors, forces, and processes, and demonstrate its applicability by presenting a situational analysis of the Awá binational Indigenous people. The rhizome illuminates Awá’s translation of development, sustainability, and climate change, and the ecocultural identities that emerge through processes of… Advisors/Committee Members: Tema Milstein, Mary Jane Collier, Ilia Rodriguez, Chris Duvall.

Subjects/Keywords: Awá; territoriality; environmental discourses; ecocultural identities; transboundary organizations; translation; Communication; Community-Based Research; Critical and Cultural Studies; Environmental Education; Environmental Studies; International and Intercultural Communication; Latin American Studies; Nature and Society Relations; Other Communication; Place and Environment; Sustainability

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APA (6th Edition):

Castro-Sotomayor, J. R. (2018). Translating Global Nature: Territoriality, Environmental Discourses, and Ecocultural Identities. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of New Mexico. Retrieved from https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/cj_etds/117

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Castro-Sotomayor, José R. “Translating Global Nature: Territoriality, Environmental Discourses, and Ecocultural Identities.” 2018. Doctoral Dissertation, University of New Mexico. Accessed December 06, 2019. https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/cj_etds/117.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Castro-Sotomayor, José R. “Translating Global Nature: Territoriality, Environmental Discourses, and Ecocultural Identities.” 2018. Web. 06 Dec 2019.

Vancouver:

Castro-Sotomayor JR. Translating Global Nature: Territoriality, Environmental Discourses, and Ecocultural Identities. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of New Mexico; 2018. [cited 2019 Dec 06]. Available from: https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/cj_etds/117.

Council of Science Editors:

Castro-Sotomayor JR. Translating Global Nature: Territoriality, Environmental Discourses, and Ecocultural Identities. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of New Mexico; 2018. Available from: https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/cj_etds/117

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