This article argues that, historically, indigenous peoples in Bolivia have been aware of the limits of citizenship and western politics in countering the exclusion of their lifeworld from modernity. However, notwithstanding this, they have not discarded the concept of citizenship entirely but have supplemented it in novel ways in order to reinstate a place for their own lifeworld. Two key concepts guide the discussion. This first is the concept of equality inspired by Jacques Rancière's emphasis on a presupposition of equality by the excluded, those who are not counted, and the literature on 'acts of citizenship'. The second concept is that of colonial difference invoked to modify the world that has excluded indigenous peoples and to reinstate a place for their own lifeworld. The article suggests that the concept of 'acts of indigenship' is a productive way to apprehend and analyze the transformative potential of combining concepts of indigeneity and citizenship.

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Keywords Bolivia, citizenship, colonial difference, indigenous peoples, modernity
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/13621025.2013.818373
Journal Citizenship Studies
Citation
Rojas, C. (2013). Acts of indigenship: Historical struggles for equality and colonial difference in Bolivia. Citizenship Studies, 17(5), 581–595. doi:10.1080/13621025.2013.818373