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Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development
Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development. Lessons from Latin America

Deconstruction and Genealogy of Latin American Good Living (Buen Vivir). (Triune) Good Livingand its Diverse Intellectual Wellsprings

Antonio Luis Hidalgo-Capitán and Ana Patricia Cubillo-Guevara

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to identify the different meanings of Latin American Good Living (buen vivir) and its diverse intellectual wellsprings, with a focus on the political economy of development. The authors try to answer the following questions: What different types of Good Living lie behind the overall concept? What intellectual wellsprings have the authors drunk from? The authors use the methodological strategies of deconstruction and conceptual genealogy, based on a broad bibliographic review. They conclude that three different types of Latin American Good Living exist: ‘indigenist’ and ‘pachamamist’, socialist and statist, and ‘ecologist’ and ‘post-developmentalist’. Moreover, they argue that synthesised notions of the concept exist. These versions are associated with different intellectual influences, such as sumak kawsay, suma qamaña and allin kawsay; the Andean world view; development with identity; the theory of reciprocity; post-development; liberation theology; dependency theory; the theory of ‘coloniality’; sustainable development; world-system theory; human development; endogenous development; eco-socialism; twenty-first century socialism; social justice; the economics of happiness; eudaemony; the economic theory of relational goods; the social and solidarity economy; intercultural feminism; the feminism of care; eco-feminism; the self-sufficient economy; community economy; barefoot economics and human scale development theory; the Buddhist economy; ‘post-extractivism’; ‘de-growth’; deep ecology and the theory of conviviality.

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Editor's notes

Paperback reference: Hidalgo-Capitán, A. L. and A. P. Cubillo-Guevara (2017, forthcoming) ‘Deconstruction and Genealogy of Latin American Good Living (Buen Vivir). (Triune) Good Livingand its Diverse Intellectual Wellsprings’ in Alternative Pathways to Sustainable Development: Lessons from Latin America, International Development Policy series No.9 (Geneva, Boston: Graduate Institute Publications, Brill-Nijhoff).

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Electronic reference

Antonio Luis Hidalgo-Capitán and Ana Patricia Cubillo-Guevara, « Deconstruction and Genealogy of Latin American Good Living (Buen Vivir). (Triune) Good Livingand its Diverse Intellectual Wellsprings », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 9.0 | 2017, Online since 28 May 2017, connection on 19 September 2017. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/2351 ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.2351

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About the authors

Antonio Luis Hidalgo-Capitán

is Full Professor of Applied Economics at the Universidad de Huelva (Spain) and a member of the research group Research Techniques and Economic Development at the university’s Center for Research on Migrations. He is also a member of the Academic Council of FLACSO-Spain. Hidalgo-Capitán holds a Doctor of Economic and Business Sciences and a Master of Economic Development in Latin America.

Ana Patricia Cubillo-Guevara

is a consultant on political, social and gender issues and a member of the research group Research Techniques and Economic Development of theUniversidad de Huelva(Spain). Cubillo-Guevara is a Doctor of Sociology, a Master of Political Science in Ibero-America, a Master of Social Intervention with Women, a Master of Social Studies and Intervention Relative to Migrations, Development and Vulnerable Groups, and a Licentiate in Political Sciences.

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