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Letras Verdes, Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales

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RAMOS, Daniela-Alejandra; MOVILLA, José-Antonio; ROZO, Angela  and  RODRIGUEZ, Carla-Lucia. The use of Social Theatrical Cartography with Children of Fómeque and Choachí, Colombia. Letras Verdes [online]. 2022, n.31, pp.95-114. ISSN 1390-6631.

This article aims to demonstrate that the use of social cartography, along with theatrical techniques in investigations with children, allows a wider understanding of the representations within the territory and the daily experiences that take place in it. The concepts of the geography of childhood, social representations and territory are theoretically addressed. The methodology of Theater Social Cartography is applied to the work with children in rural schools in the villages of Hato Viejo, Chinia, Guachavita and Mortiñal in the municipality of Fómeque, and the villages of La Maza, El Rosario and La Caja in the municipality of Choachí, located in Colombia. Through this method, the most representative aspects, according to the children of the aforementioned schools, as well as the elements involved in the construction of their representations about the Parque Nacional Natural Chingaza, such as the institutional discourse of conservation of Parques Naturales and the oral transmission of the experiences of their grandparents and grandmothers about the Park before the arrival of institutions are analyzed. Elements such as fauna, water, and the abstract notion of nature as an element that mixes between the landscape full of fantasy and reality, stand out in the speeches of the children participating in this research.

Keywords : cartography; childhood; human geography; natural park; representation; territory.

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