Starting from Quirpini

Starting from Quirpini : The Travels and Places of a Bolivian People

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The people of Quirpini, a rural community in the Bolivian Andes, are in constant motion. They visit each other's houses, work in their fields, go to nearby towns for school, market, or official transactions, and travel to Buenos Aires for wage labor. In this rich ethnography, Stuart Alexander Rockefeller describes how these places become intertwined via circuits constituted by the movement of people, goods, and information. Drawing on the work of Henri LeFebvre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Nancy Munn, Rockefeller argues that by their travels, Quirpinis play a role in shaping the places they move through. This compelling study makes important contributions to contemporary debates about spatiality, temporality, power, and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 14 b&w illus.
  • 0253222109
  • 9780253222107
  • 2,059,857

Review quote

... an important contribution to the existing bibliography on the politics of movement.May 4, 2011 * Journal of Folklore Research * [O]ffers a nuanced portrait of life in rural Chuquisaca during the 1990s, which sheds light on the dynamic and multi-scalar processes that go into the making of a place. The book contributes to the . . . literature on the social construction of place . . . .Oct. 2013 * Bulletin of Latin American Research * [A] groundbreaking book . . . Rockefeller's in-depth descriptions and theoretically savvy analysis guide the reader through the process by which space and place [are] constituted.79.1 2014 * Rural Sociology * [T]his is an important book that should be widely read by scholars of the Andes and of migration, as well as those interested in the construction of places and borders. * American Anthropologist * Starting from Quirpini is a beautifully crafted, accomplished text that is essential reading for those interested in migration, transnationalism, Andean ethnography, and the anthropology of space. * Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute *show more

About Stuart Alexander Rockefeller

Stuart Alexander Rockefeller is a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsPart 1. Inscriptions Introduction: Disorientations 1. Places and History in and about QuirpiniPart 2. Facets of a Place 2. Bicycles and Houses 3. The Geography of Planting Corn 4. Carnival and the Spatial Practice of CommunityPart 3. From Quirpini 5. Ethnic Politics and the Control of Movement 6. Placing Bolivia in Quirpini: Civic Ritual and the Power of Context 7. Where Do You Go When You Go to Buenos Aires?Conclusion: Coming Back to QuirpiniGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndexshow more