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- DescriptionThroughout Latin America, indigeus peoples are responding to state violence and pro-democracy social movements by asserting their rights to a greater measure of cultural automy and self-determination. This volume's rich case studies of movements in Colombia, Guatemala, and Brazil weigh the degree of success achieved by indigeus leaders in influencing national agendas when governments display highly ambivalent attitudes about strengthening ethnic diversity. The contributors to this volume are leading anthropologists and indigeus activists from the United States and Latin America. They address the double binds of indigeus organizing and working within the system as well as the flexibility of political tactics used to achieve cultural goals outside the scope of state politics. The contributors answer questions about who speaks for indigeus communities, how indigeus movements relate to the popular left, and how conflicts between the national indigeus leadership and local communities play out in specific cultural and political contexts. The volume sheds new light on the realities of asymmetrical power relations and on the ways in which indigeus communities and their representatives employ Western constructions of subjectivity, alterity, and authentic versus counterfeit identity, as well as how they manipulate bureaucratic structures, international organizations, and the mass media to advance goals that involve distinctive visions of an indigeus future.
- Author BiographyKAY B. WARREN is Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University.
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2003
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note16 halftones, 5 maps, 2 tables
- Weight681 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine331 mm
- Edited byJean E. Jackson,Kay B. Warren
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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