Autochtony as Capital in a Global Age

Hilgers, Mathieu. 2011. Autochtony as Capital in a Global Age. Theory, Culture and Society, 28(1), pp. 34-54. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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For a little over a decade we have been witnessing a profusion of discourses on autochthony — that is, an original belonging to a group or territory — in many parts of the world. A global approach to this question first requires a look at the principle of autochthony and its genealogy. Starting from African examples, places of prolific expression of the phenomenon, this article shows how autochthony plays the role of capital that can be invested, valued and profited from. The structure of this capital carries within itself the seeds of conflict. The article analyses how the stabilization of its value requires the execution of specific strategies. Among these strategies, I will focus in greater depth on voting. The relationship between capital, autochthony and elections will thus bring us back to debates that animate political science: in new municipalities, autochthony as capital is at the heart of candidate selection, suffrage, political participation and citizenship.

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Sociology > Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR)



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29 Sep 2015 09:44

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02 Dec 2015 14:52

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