Date of Award


Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Advisor

Susan Talburt

Second Advisor

Amira Jarmakani

Third Advisor

Julie Kubala


This thesis explores Bolivia’s state project of alternative modernization and, specifically, its instrumentalization of indigenous identity for political gain and capitalist growth. I examine both rural development in the TIPNIS reserve and urban development in the city of El Alto in order to analyze how state and capital interests target the affective life of residents; redirecting the energies of radical movements into projects of market expansion and hailing indigenous entrepreneurial subjects.