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Fighting Like a Community: Andean Civil Society in an Era of Indian Uprisings

Fighting Like a Community: Andean Civil Society in an Era of Indian Uprisings

by Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld


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Fighting Like a Community: Andean Civil Society in an Era of Indian Uprisings

The indigenous population of the Ecuadorian Andes made substantial political gains during the 1990s in the wake of a dynamic wave of local activism. The movement renegotiated land development laws, elected indigenous candidates to national office, and successfully fought for the constitutional redefinition of Ecuador as a nation of many cultures. Fighting Like a Community argues that these remarkable achievements paradoxically grew out of the deep differences-in language, class, education, and location-that be-gan to divide native society in the 1960s.

Drawing on fifteen years of fieldwork, Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld explores these differences and the conflicts they engendered in a variety of communities. From protectors confronting the military during a national strike to a migrant family fighting to get a relative released from prison, Colloredo-Mansfeld recounts dramatic events and private struggles alike to demonstrate how indigenous power in Ecuador is energized by disagreements over values and priorities, eloquently contending that the plurality of Andean communities, not their unity, has been the key to their political success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900226114032
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld is associate professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the author of The Native Leisure Class: Consumption and Cultural Creativity in the Andes.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction Communities and Movements 1

I Careers

Chapter 1 The Artist (Don't Forsake) 27

Chapter 2 The Capitalist (Don't Be Backward) 43

Chapter 3 The Activist (Don't Suffer) 59

Chapter 4 Uprising, 1990 75

II Communities

Chapter 5 Projects and Lists (Don't Shirk) 93

Chapter 6 Justice, Jurisdiction, and Race (Don't Steal) 109

Chapter 7 Class and Councils (Don't Be Lazy) 121

III Statecraft

Chapter 8 Markets and Parks (Don't Sell Out) 141

Chapter 9 Cities and Kin (Don't Lie) 165

Chapter 10 Uprising, 2006 175

Conclusion Fighting Like a Community 203

References 217

Index 229

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