Roots and local identity: belonging, periphery, and street-smarts of local leaders from San Juan de Lurigancho (Lima, Peru)

Jennifer Karen Ponce Cori (University of Pittsburgh)

“Embracing being peripheral by valuing street smarts and local proudness” is a cultural theme that characterized a community of practice (COP) from San Juan de Lurigancho (SJL) in Lima, Peru. This COP comprises local leaders and community organizers promoting a local identity in the San Juan de Lurigancho (SJL) Lima, Peru. In this paper, I reflect how local leader understand their roots as they express in their cultural practice, civic participation and local identity. I started valuing being part of the periphery, being part of SJL. Even though such an identity does not apply to everyone living in SJL, community organizers are planting social change to shape future generations.

Part of 01-02 Talking about Work, Thursday, November 02, 8:30 am–10:00 am