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Now We Are Citizens: Indigenous Politics in Postmulticultural Bolivia
Upon winning the 2005 presidential election, Evo Morales became the first indigenous person to lead Bolivia since the arrival of the Spanish more than five hundred years before. Morales’s election is the culmination of a striking new kind of activism in Bolivia. Born out of a history of resistance to colonial racism and developed in collective struggles against the ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 26th 2006 by Stanford University Press
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Cogent examination of the history of the indigenous relationships to the state in Bolivia. Excellent overview of colonialism and it's enduring effects. Focuses on the Guaranís' struggles, but most is widely applicable. More in-depth analysis of Goni-Morales period, NGO and IGO involvement, and the many challenges faced by the government, NGOs, individuals, and communities on the road to integration and citizenship for the indigenous. Accomplishes a lot in 250 pages.
Perhaps one of the most interesting things to happen in Latin American politics in the last decade was the rise of indigenous politics in Bolivia and with it the rise of Evo Morales to the presidency. But why did indigenous people in Bolivia, who had been discriminated against for centuries since the Spanish colonial era and even after Bolivia gained independence, begin to mobilize at this time? In this revealing look at the Guaraní people of Bolivia, Ms. Postero examines how the reforms and ...more
The first chapter is an excellent post-columbian indigenous history of Bolivia. The majority of the book is an ethnography on Guarani traditional governance being re-articulated during the neo-liberal period in the eastern lowlands. It provides contextualization for people interested in Bolivian politics and internal migration.