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- DescriptionIn June 1990, Indigeus peoples shocked Ecuadorian elites with a powerful uprising that paralyzed the country for a week. Militants insisted that the government address Indigeus demands for land ownership, education, and ecomic development. This uprising was a milestone in the history of Ecuador's social justice movements, and it inspired popular organizing efforts across Latin America. While the insurrection seemed to come out of where, Marc Becker demonstrates that it emerged out of years of organizing and developing strategies to advance Indigeus rights. In this richly documented account, he chronicles a long history of Indigeus political activism in Ecuador, from the creation of the first local agricultural syndicates in the 1920s through the galvanizing protests of 1990. In so doing, he reveals the central role of women in Indigeus movements and the history of productive collaborations between rural Indigeus activists and urban leftist intellectuals. Becker explains how rural laborers and urban activists worked together in Ecuador, merging ethnic and class-based struggles for social justice. Socialists were often the first to defend Indigeus languages, cultures, and social organizations. They introduced rural activists to new tactics, including demonstrations and strikes. Drawing on leftist influences, Indigeus peoples became adept at reacting to immediate, local forms of exploitation while at the same time addressing broader underlying structural inequities. Through an examination of strike activity in the 1930s, the establishment of a national-level Ecuadorian Federation of Indians in 1944, and agitation for agrarian reform in the 1960s, Becker shows that the history of Indigeus mobilizations in Ecuador is longer and deeper than many contemporary observers have recognized.
- Author BiographyMarc Becker is Associate Professor of History at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He is the author of Mariategui and Latin American Marxist Theory and a co-editor of Highland Indians and the State in Modern Ecuador.
- Author(s)Marc Becker
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication18/08/2008
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleLatin America Otherwise
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note24 b&w photos, 1 map
- Weight454 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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