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    DescriptionThis book examines the struggle for indigenous rights in eight Latin American countries. Initial studies of indigenous movements celebrated the return of the Indians as relevant political actors, often approaching their struggles as expressions of a common, generic agenda. This collection moves the debate forward by acknowledging the extraordinary diversity among the movements' composition, goals, and strategies. The case studies examine the ways in which the Indian question arises in each country, with reference to the protagonism of indigenous movements in the context of the threats and opportunities posed by neoliberal policies. The complexities posed by the varying demographic weight of indigenous populations, the interrelation of class and ethnicity, and the interplay between indigenous and popular struggles are discussed. The volume concludes that the Indian struggles are having a direct impact on the character of democracy, and in the process contribute to the redefinition of Latin American societies as multicultural.

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    Struggle for Indigenous Rights in Latin America
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Nancy Grey Postero, Edited by Leon Zamosc
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 250
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 389 g
    ISBN 13: 9781845190637
    ISBN 10: 1845190637

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
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    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JHMC
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.1T
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL9, JPVH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    BISAC V2.8: POL004000
    B&T General Subject: 650
    BISAC V2.8: SOC031000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KL
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 323.119708
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 323.119708
    DC22: 323.1197/08
    LC classification: E65 .S87 2004
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, JPVH, JBSL11
    Illustrations note
    black & white line drawings, black & white tables, figures
    Sussex Academic Press
    Imprint name
    Sussex Academic Press
    Publication date
    31 October 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Nancy Grey Postero Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. Leon Zamosc Associate Professor of Sociology and the Associate Director of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
    Review quote
    "This work compares the ways in which indigenous peoples in Latin America have organized locally, regionally, and nationally to open up new political spaces since the 1980s. Avoiding the homogenisation of indigenous struggles, the book emphasizes the different paths to rights that indigenous peoples have found in different national contexts. At the same time, it analyzes common processes of ethnification, environmental and land struggles, indigenous involvement in national politics, and indigenous responses to neoliberal and multicultural state policies. What particularly distinguishes this book is its attention not only to indigenous ethnicity but also to the consequences of neoliberalism and the processes of class formation and reformation that have shaped the contexts for the flourishing of indigenous movements. A must read for anyone interested in Latin America and a very useful overview for students." -- Lynn Stephen, Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon. "Indigenous movements have become major social and political actors in Latin America, posing radical challenges to the extant model of the nation-state and notions of democracy and development. Bringing together in-depth studies of the Indian Question in seven Latin American countries, this book reveals the diversity of contexts in which indigenous movements emerge and develop their strategies. Highlighting this diversity through up-to-date analyses, it provides a welcome and timely contribution to the study of indigenous struggles, citizenship, democracy and development." -- Willem Assies, Colegio de Michoacan, Mexico.
    Table of contents
    Contents: Acknowledgements; A Note on Transliteration; Introduction: Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Education; Birthdays -- A Spectrum of Difference; Young Hindus and Vegetarianism; The Diversity of Experience within a Faith Tradition; Festivals -- Schools' Involvement in Tradition'; Belief and Practice -- God and Holy Water; Tradition and Choice -- What Young Hindus Believe; Caste, Hindus and Sikhs; British, Asian and Hindu -- Multiple Identities; Spirituality and Religious Experience; Ethnography as Reflective Practice; Appendix: Practical Guidelines for Teachers -- Cultural Diversity and the School; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.