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- DescriptionAlthough only 2 percent of Colombia's population identifies as indigeus, that figure belies the significance of the country's indigeus movement. More than a quarter of the Colombian national territory belongs to indigeus groups, and 80 percent of the country's mineral resources are located in native-owned lands. In this invative ethgraphy, Joanne Rappaport draws on research she has conducted in Colombia over the past decade-and particularly on her collaborations with activists-to explore the country's multifaceted indigeus movement, which, after almost 35 years, continues to press for rights to live as indigeus people in a pluralistic society that recognizes them as citizens. Focusing on the intellectuals involved in the movement, Rappaport traces the development of a distinctly indigeus modernity in Latin America-one that defies common stereotypes of separatism or a romantic return to the past. As she reveals, this emerging form of modernity is characterized by interethnic communication and the reframing of selectively appropriated Western research methodologies within indigeus philosophical frameworks. Intercultural Utopias centers on southwestern Colombia's Cauca region, a culturally and linguistically heterogeneous area well kwn for its history of indigeus mobilization and its pluralist approach to ethnic politics. Rappaport interweaves the stories of individuals with an analysis of the history of the Regional Indigeus Council of Cauca and other indigeus organizations. She presents insights into the movement and the intercultural relationships that characterize it from the varying perspectives of regional indigeus activists, nindigeus urban intellectuals dedicated to the fight for indigeus rights, anthropologists, local teachers, shamans, and native politicians.
- Author BiographyJoanne Rappaport is Professor of Spanish at Georgetown University. She is the author of The Politics of Memory: Native Historical Interpretation in the Colombian Andes, also published by Duke University Press, and Cumbe Reborn: An Andean Ethnography of History.
- Author(s)Joanne Rappaport
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication20/09/2005
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleLatin America Otherwise
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note2 b&w photos, 1 map, 11 figures
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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