From Media to Buen Vivir: Latin American Approaches to Indigenous Communication = De los medios al Buen Vivir : enfoques latinoamericanos de la comunicación indígena Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2018

start page

  • 180

end page

  • 201


  • 28

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1050-3293

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-2885


  • This article synthesizes the theoretical developments concerning Latin American indigenous communication formulated in the last decade (2005-2015). By conducting a review of the main theoretical frameworks that have deepened the issue, we observe a gradual progression from the dominance of external views to the emergence of indigenous people's own perspectives. We propose four analytical theoretical approaches that depict continuities (media and information and communication technology [ICT] appropriation; policies and regulation) and discontinuities (indigenous media; communication from Buen Vivir) regarding traditional Latin American frameworks. We also discuss the limitations of the original literature on this topic, and we provide a set of conclusions and recommendations for further studies.


  • indigenous communication; latin american studies; communication research; buen vivir; alternative media