A Companion to Latin American Anthropology / Edition 1

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Comprised of 24 newly commissioned chapters, this defining reference volume on Latin America introduces English-language readers to the debates, traditions, and sensibilities that have shaped the study of this diverse region.

  • Contributors include some of the most prominent figures in Latin American and Latin Americanist anthropology
  • Offers previously unpublished work from Latin America scholars that has been translated into English explicitly for this volume
  • Includes overviews of national anthropologies in Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, and Brazil, and is also topically focused on new research
  • Draws on original ethnographic and archival research
  • Highlights national and regional debates
  • Provides a vivid sense of how anthropologists often combine intellectual and political work to address the pressing social and cultural issues of Latin America
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"An indispensable reference for all social scientists interested in Latin American regions. Summing Up: Essential." (Choice Reviews, May 2009)
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Meet the Author

Deborah Poole is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Program in Latin American Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Peru: Time of Fear (with Gerardo Renique, 1992), Unruly Order: Violence, Power, and Regional Identity in the High Provinces of Peru (1994), Vision, Race, and Modernity: A Visual Economy of the Andean Image World (1997), and Anthropology in the Margins of the State (coedited with Veena Das, 2004), as well as over 30 articles.
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction 1
Deborah Poole

Part I: Locations 9

1 Argentina: Contagious Marginalities 11
Claudia Briones and Rosana Guber

2 Bolivia: Bridges and Chasms 32
Rossana Barragán

3 Brazil: Otherness in Context 56
Mariza Peirano

4 Colombia: Citizens and Anthropologists 72
Myriam Jimeno

5 Ecuador: Militants, Priests, Technocrats, and Scholars 90
Carmen Martínez Novo

6 Guatemala: Essentialisms and Cultural Politics 109
Brigittine M. French

7 Mexico: Anthropology and the Nation-State 128
Salomón Nahmad Sittón

8 Peru: From Otherness to a Shared Diversity 150
Carlos Iván Degregori and Pablo Sandoval

Part II: Debates 175

9 Race in Latin America 177
Peter Wade

10 Language States 193
Penelope Harvey

11 Legalities and Illegalities 214
Mark Goodale

12 Borders, Sovereignty, and Racialization 230
Ana M. Alonso

13 Writing the Aftermath: Anthropology and “Post-Conflict” 254
Isaias Rojas Pérez

14 Alterities: Kinship and Gender 276
Olivia Harris

15 Vinculaciones: Pharmaceutical Politics and Science 303
Cori Hayden

16 Agrarian Reform and Peasant Studies: The Peruvian Case 325
Linda J. Seligmann

17 Statistics and Anthropology: The Mexican Case 352
Casey Walsh

Part III: Positions 373

18 Indigenous Anthropologies beyond Barbados 375
Stefano Varese, Guillermo Delgado, and Rodolfo L. Meyer

19 Afro-Latin American Peoples 399
Jaime Arocha and Adriana Maya

20 Reconceptualizing Latin America 426
Lynn Stephen

21 Places and Academic Disputes: The Argentine Gran Chaco 447
Gastón Gordillo

22 Disengaging Anthropology 466
Alcida Rita Ramos

23 On the Frontlines: Forensic Anthropology 485
Victoria Sanford

24 Collaborative Anthropologies in Transition 502
Charles R. Hale

Index 519

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