The Struggle for Indigenous Rights in Latin America

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The "Indian question" has come to the forefront of political agendas in contemporary Latin America. In the process, indigenous movements have emerged as important social actors, raising a variety of demands on behalf of native peoples. Regardless of the situation of Indian groups as small minorities or significant sectors, many Latin American states have been forced to consider whether they should have the same status of all citizens or whether they should be granted special citizenship rights as Indians. This 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. By focusing on the factors that shape this diversity, the authors offer a basis for understanding the specificities of converging and diverging patterns across different countries. 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 neo-liberal 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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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.

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“Several recent edited volumes have explored contemporary issues in Latin America. This volume, which evolved from seminars at the University of California, San Diego and Cochabamba, Bolivia, improves on those in terms of the breadth of geographic and thematic coverage and the internal coherence of the essays. ...The essays provide a quick historical context, but they are written at a sophisticated level and emphasize deeper issues, including indigenous challenges to neoliberal economic policies and participation in electoral politics. The volume argues that in places where indigenous peoples are in the majority, they are demanding equality and participation rather than just autonomy and recognition. The editors’ introduction provides valuable conceptual tools for understanding indigenous struggles, their diverse goals, and the ways in which their contexts are shaped by complex interactions between demographic factors, class consciousness, and ethnic identification. Recommended.”  —Choice

“As indigenous issues become increasingly salient in Latin America, this collection of eight essays explores recent pathways that the ‘Indian Question’ has taken...The result is a comprehensive yet distinct contribution to an expanding body of knowledge on indigenous politics in the region... It offers a strong challenge to any simple rendering of indigenous political identities, strategies, agendas or impact...Important lines of future inquiry are laid out, including investigating the importance of the demographics of indigenous people, the growing influence of the indigenous vote, the opportunities and constraints of neoliberal policies for indigenous movements, and the relative impact of cultural (strictly indigenous) versus popular indigenous/non-indigenous alliance) strategies of struggle. Given that indigenous peoples are now central political actors in Latin America, yet appear to be approaching the limits of the current model of official multiculturalism, we would do well to pursue such a research agenda.”  —Journal of Latin American Studies

“Postero and Zamosc have produced a timely collection consisting of impressively focused and engaging chapters on the indigenous resurgence in Latin America, with special attention paid to indigenous organization within national political contexts. This volume does a wonderful job of bringing indigenous issues to the front and center of our field of vision... The collection is very consistent across each of its individual chapters in connecting ethnicity and class with citizenship and democratic transformation, given that indigenous movements pose a challenge of expanding participation to previously excluded groups. The framework for the volume is a state-centric one, as opposed to examining indigenous resurgence in terms of microlevel village transformations, personal biographies, or macro-level transnational indigenous organization. On the other hand, this does not preclude thorough discussions of the impact of neoliberalism... This is a remarkable volume, one that is very accessible to students and a wider, educated readership. It is ideal for courses on indigenous peoples of Latin America, from the vantage point of a number of disciplines. The historical overviews that begin most of the chapters could tie in well with a chronologically organized survey course.”  —Journal of Latin American Anthropology

“Anyone – and that includes specialists as well as general readers – who wants a solid, readable and challenging overview of the Latin American ‘Indian question’ in all its complexity will be well-served by this book. It certainly should be assigned reading for college students.”  —Delaware Review of Latin American Studies

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