Patricio Lepe-Carrión
Universidad de La Frontera, Chile


This paper aims to put into question one of the ways or states of domination endured by a significant portion of Mapuche people in the Araucanía region in Chile, in relation to disavowal, exclusion, stigmatization, and targeting their ways of life, which claim territoriality and autonomy as fundamentals of existence. This questioning aims to help understand and map our gaze on the meaning of “the colonial” in today’s contexts of violence and ethno-governmentality. We arrive to the conclusion that (deinstitutionalized) pedagogical practices by the State and other players having interest on ethnic conflict, concerning the folklorizing idea of an “intercultural subject”, contribute to delineating culturalist criteria for detecting and preventing terrorist threats in police procedures.

Keywords: intercultural subject, ethno-governmentality, terrorism, way-of-life analysis.