Adjusting One’s Self: An Educator’s Experience in a Peruvian Community

  • Amanda Alexander


Alexander’s emotional responses to particular situations while living with an artist community in the Andes Mountains of Peru became a turning point in her life when considering privilege, difference, social justice, authority, and power. As a white female educator from rural Indiana, never in her life had she experienced such strong feelings of laughter, pain, and happiness as she did in the community as an outsider with mostly brown male artists. The fleshpoint described in this chapter includes a first-person point of view of being tear-gassed while a demonstration broke out over mining and water rights of Natives and leaves the reader with queries in consideration of international spaces.

Related Further Reading

  1. Chomsky, N. (1999). Profit over people: Neoliberalism and global order. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press.Google Scholar
  2. Hall, S. (1997). Representation: Cultural representations and signifying practices. London, UK: Sage Publications.Google Scholar
  3. Hufstader, C. (2009, January 14). Conflict surrounds expansion of Peru gold mine. Oxfam America. Retrieved from

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda Alexander
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  1. 1.Department of Art and Art HistoryThe University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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