This research analyzes the experience of a community art collective of young artists in Liberia, Costa Rica. The discussion presented, locates this group as an actor that seeks to address the enjoyment and practice of art as a public good in a context where the social hegemonic order promotes it only as a good for private exchange. In this sense the aim is to recognize the political character, the group, by emphasizing its agentic capacity to propose and ad-dress social change through community art practices. The study uses a qualitative approach and discusses concepts of power, collective agency and the public space as one full of inequalities, conflicts, and hegemonic structures. -- Relevance to Development Studies -- This research is located within development studies because is concerned about power dynamics and social change. However it is not a state-centred or market-centred analysis. It is focus on people´s experiences in their everyday life social interactions with different power structures. In this sense, the document aims to contribute to development studies from a qualitative approach to a particular case study, but drawing its connections within a historical-contextual moment and broader dynamics of power.

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Keywords community art, political actors, collective agency, public space, hegemony, marginalization, subaltern, Costa Rica
Thesis Advisor Biekart, Kees
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Series Politics of Alternative Development (PAD)
Soto Blanco, Ana María. (2010, November). Community art collectives as political actors: one case study in Costa Rica. Politics of Alternative Development (PAD). Retrieved from