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Anthropologica

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AMES, Patricia. Juan Ansión: professional career and contribution to Peruvian anthropology. Anthropologica [online]. 2018, vol.36, n.41, pp.195-203. ISSN 0254-9212.  http://dx.doi.org/10.18800/anthropologica.201802.007.

This paper focuses on the professional trajectory of the belgianperuvian anthropologist and sociologist Juan Ansión. The paper presents his main research interests and their developments over time, from his early work on mythical thought in the Andean world, to his sustained commitment with education in rural communities, the expectations and projects of rural and urban people around education and migration, and the impact of political violence in schools. A topic that intersects those concerns, interculturality, raises from the need to conceptualize a new proposal for understanding and challenging the subordination and discrimination among cultural groups that characterize Peruvian society. Ansión contributed meaningfully in the discussion around interculturality to this day, not limited to education, but including also health and justice. The paper also draws attention to his role as university professor, first in the National University San Cristobal de Huamanga, keeping a long lasting relationship with it, and later the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, where he taught over thirty years.

Keywords : Peru; history of anthropology; education; Andean mithology; Andes; interculturality.

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