Through her rich ethnography of indigenous marches, demonstrations, occupations, and negotiations, Sawyer tracks the growing sophistication of indigenous politics as Indians subverted, redeployed, and, at times, capitulated to the dictates and desires of a transnational neoliberal logic. At the same time, she follows the multiple maneuvers and discourses that the multinational corporation and the Ecuadorian state used to circumscribe and contain indigenous opposition. Ultimately, Sawyer reveals that indigenous struggles over land and oil operations in Ecuador were as much about reconfiguring national and transnational inequality -- that is, rupturing the silence around racial injustice, exacting spaces of accountability, and rewriting narratives of national belonging -- as they were about the material use and extraction of rain-forest resources.
About the Author
Suzana Sawyer is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis.
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