Changing livelihoods and language repertoires: hunting, fishing and gold mining in the southeast Peruvian Amazon

Aikman, Sheila (2017) Changing livelihoods and language repertoires: hunting, fishing and gold mining in the southeast Peruvian Amazon. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 246 (246). ISSN 1613-3668

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This article investigates how over the space of three decades the language repertoires of the Arakmbut people of the southeast Peruvian Amazon have shifted from being predominantly Harakmbut language based to Spanish language based. It asks not how one language has come to replace another in the daily lives of the Arakmbut, but what this shift represents in terms of changing lifestyles, social relations, desirable affiliations and the changing value Harakmbut and Spanish language resources have for them in furthering these relationships. Drawing on long term ethnographic research, it presents four scenarios over this period through which the changes in Arakmbut livelihoods from hunting and fishing to gold mining are discussed and what these changes mean in terms of their social, cultural and spiritual relationships with their territory. As their livelihoods have become more entwined with the gold economy and new national alliances and international networks, they have sought to reshape their communicative repertoires to respond to and ensure their continuing access to resources for their health and stability as a community in an intense and fast moving social, economic and cultural landscape.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: arakmbut,amarakaeri,harakmbut,peruvian amazon,language repertoire
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Gender and Development
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Literacy and Development Group
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 09:19
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 00:33
DOI: 10.1515/ijsl-2017-0014


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