Latin American Critical Epistemologies toward a Biocentric Turn in Communication for Social Change: Communication from a Good Living Perspective Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2017

start page

  • 431

end page

  • 445

issue

  • 3

volume

  • 52

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 0023-8791

abstract

  • This article reviews the historical and theoretical foundations of communication for development and, in particular, communication for social change, a recently coined concept that remains anchored to an anthropocentric and unsustainable perspective of development. Based on the review of literature, we would like to open a dialogue between the field and Latin American contemporary debates, with a special focus on a number of theoretical frameworks that share a radical critique of modernity and stand for a biocentric turn in social sciences: the so-called modernity/coloniality research program, critical ecology, and indigenous epistemologies. We propose approaching communication theories from the indigenous worldview of "good living" (buen vivir) and quote several inspiring participatory projects that apply the new epistemologies to the field.