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PEREZ GRANADOS, Mónica María. Social Representation of the Urban Indian in Costa Rica. The Case of Panamanian Ngäbes-Buglé Women. Inter.c.a.mbio [online]. 2020, vol.17, n.1, e39665.  Epub June 01, 2020. ISSN 1659-4940.

In this article, I explore the possible existence about a social representations (SR) on urban Indian, concretely concerning the case of Ngäble-Buglé women located alongside San José’s Central Avenue, in Costa Rica, and its consequences concerning Human Rights. In order to meet this goal, I used the concept of SR as it was conceived by the French School of Social Psychology, which regards them as constructs set forth in intersubjectivity, upon a social object that guide action. As these are expressed in the discourse of social actors, I undertook several visits to that avenue in the months of October and November of 2018, and I spoke to passersby, and interviewed many workers in the area. As a result, I found that social construction regarding urban Indian stand in contrast with what is regarded as Indian from the standpoint of colonialism, which in due course spawns discrimination, as well as it limits the enforcement of the international norm that recognizes the rights of Indian individuals and communities.

Keywords : Indian women; human rights; social representations; racial profiling; ethnic discrimination; public policies.

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