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Overview


This book deals with the perennial tensions between ethnic groups and the modern nation-state and does so from the perspective of a leading Mexican anthropologist with deep and long experience in these matters. As such, it is both a superb introduction to the basic issues and a presentation of the author’s own original contributions. The appearance of this book in English gives North American readers access to these important and political currents in Latin American anthropology and political economy. It is required reading for anyone wishing to understand the current recrudescence of indigenous peoples at this moment in history—when conventional wisdom had predicted its demise.

"An important book first for its critical history of indigenista policies in Latin America and the limits these policies placed on social autonomy; and second for its examination of the development of indigenous autonomy, particularly in Nicaragua. Argues that autonomy is no panacea; rather, it is one possibility given current social, economic, and political processes"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813386997
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Series: Latin American Perspectives Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Héctor Díaz Polanco is professor and researcher at Centro de Investigaciones Superiores en Antropología Social in Mexico City. Lucia Rayas, a sociologist and translator, studied at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana and El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City, and at the University of California at Riverside. She has translated several books and articles on social sciences and humanities.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Translator's Acknowledgments
1 Nation Building and the Ethnic Question 3
2 Colonial Policy and Slavery 23
3 Colonial Indigenism 38
4 Indigenism After Independence 65
5 New Ethnic Struggles and Political-Theoretical Transformations 83
6 Foundations of a Regime of Regional Autonomy 94
7 Examples of Regional Autonomy: the USSR, Spain, and Nicaragua 108
8 Prospects for Regional Autonomy 129
Epilogue 148
About the Book, Author, and Translator 156
Index 157
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