Minga Perú’s Strategy for Social Change in the Peruvian Amazon: A Rhetorical Model for Participatory, Intercultural Practice to Advance Human Rights

Lucia Dura, Arvind Singhal, Eliana Elias


Scholars of rhetoric and professional writing have for several decades looked towards participatory and intercultural approaches to social and organizational change to make their interactions more ethical, sustainable, inclusive, and culturally relevant. At the same time, they have noted the methodological and practical limitations inherent in implementing these approaches. This article analyzes the effective and long-standing organizational practices of human rights non-governmental organization (NGO) Minga Perú. For over 12 years, Minga has operated in the Loreto region of the Peruvian Amazon, a context rife with complexity, to advance the human rights and dignity of its constituents. Its programmatic activities include a popular, long-running entertainment-education radio program and capacity-building through leadership training and income generation activities. By looking at the intersections between Minga’s programmatic activities, its philosophical principles, and the everyday rhetorical practices that make collaborative and iterative participation possible, this article explores the rhetorical significance of Minga’s participatory and intercultural practice.


participatory; intercultural rhetoric; human rights; human dignity; gender equity; constructivism; affective pedagogy; Entertainment-Education

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