Histories of the Present

Histories of the Present : People and Power in Ecuador

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The wellspring of critical analysis in this book emerges from the major Indigenous Uprising of 1990 and its ongoing aftermath in which indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian action transformed the nation-state and established new dimensions of human relationships. The authors weave anthropological theory with longitudinal Ecuadorian ethnography to produce a unique contribution to Latin American Studies.show more

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 22mm | 580.6g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0252036034
  • 9780252036033
  • 2,074,291

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"In the Whittens' hands, culture is deeply relational. They develop a vocabulary of interculturality, alternative modernity, and emergent culture to convey how the transformative capacity of people operates in their power over signs."--The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology "This book historicizes ethnography in a unique, witness-participant way, bringing margins to center but also showing how indigenous and African-descended Ecuadorians have 'taken over' the country's history-in-the-making."--Kris Lane, author of Quito 1599: City and Colony in Transition "This book provides a fertile ground for thinking about the contributions of indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian peoples to transformative politics in Ecuador, and it is one that is sure to yield fruitful insights well into the future."--American Anthropologist "The length and breadth of the Whittens' fieldwork in Ecuador adds a level of depth and insight that is unparalleled in Latin American studies. Their way of integrating earlier and more recent theories allows readers to understand how the contemporary concern for ethnogenesis, interculturality, and alternative modernities was anticipated several decades ago in works that still speak to us today in relevant terms."--Jonathan D. Hill, author of Made-from-Bone: Trickster Myths, Music, and History from the Amazonshow more

About Norman E. Whitten

Norman E. Whitten Jr., a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the editor of the University of Illinois Press's series Interpretations of Culture in the New Millennium. Dorothea Scott Whitten is a research associate at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and a Curator of the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They have collaborated on many projects, including Puyo Runa: Imagery and Power in Modern Amazonia.show more

Table of contents

Preface vii Acknowledgments ix Introduction: To Remake the World 1 Prelude 23 1. Colonial Mentality in Making the World 25 Prelude 43 2. Indigenous Constructions of "Blackness" 45 Norman E. Whitten Jr. and Rachel Corr Prelude 65 3. The Topology of El Mestizaje 67 Prelude 91 4. The Ecuadorian Indigenous Uprising of 1990 93 Prelude 115 5. Ecuador in the New Millennium 117 Prelude 141 6. Indigenous Ethnographers Portray Their World 143 Dorothea Scott Whitten Prelude 163 7. Indigenous Modernity 165 Conclusion: Ethnography and Theory in Cultural Life 187 Notes 203 References 211 Index 243show more

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