Lorenzo Muelas y el constitucionalismo indígena ¿desde abajo¿: una retrospectiva crítica sobre el proceso constituyente de 1991

Translated title of the contribution: Lorenzo Muelas and Indigenous Constitutionalism “From Below”: A Critical Perspective on the Constitutional Process of 1991

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Abstract

This paper focuses on indigenous newcomers to the political field in the 1990’s.
Drawing on the repertoire of human rights and the principle of self-determination,
they have tried to penetrate such field in order to subvert the hierarchy of political
competition. These representatives, initially dominated, managed to be part of the
constitutional drafting. Although their social position in that stage was far from
ideal, they were able to generate interactions with traditional and nontraditional
elites, using a scenario of “political opportunity structure”, which made it possible
for agents such as Lorenzo Muelas to initiate partnerships and negotiate projects for
a new unprecedented political agreement. In that way, indigenous people managed to
turn around the ancient ethnic capital stigma.
Translated title of the contributionLorenzo Muelas and Indigenous Constitutionalism “From Below”: A Critical Perspective on the Constitutional Process of 1991
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)77 - 120
Number of pages44
JournalColombia Internacional
Volume79
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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