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ISBN-10: 0822352672
ISBN-13: 9780822352679
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 11/26/2012
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 0.80" H

Intimate Indigeneities: Race, Sex, and History in the Small Spaces of Andean Life

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Drawing on extended ethnographic research conducted over the course of more than two decades, Andrew Canessa explores the multiple identities of a community of people in the Bolivian highlands through their own lived experiences and voices. He examines how gender, race, and ethnic identities manifest themselves in everyday interactions in the Aymara village. Canessa shows that indigeneity is highly contingent; thoroughly imbricated with gendered, racial, and linguistic identities; and informed by a historical consciousness. Addressing how whiteness and indianness are reproduced as hegemonic structures in the village, how masculinities develop as men go to the mines and army, and how memories of a violent past are used to construct a present sense of community, Canessa raises important questions about indigenous politics and the very nature of indigenous identity.

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"Andrew Canessa makes superb use of more than twenty years of ethnographic experience with Andean villagers of Wila Kjarka to give us a beautifully detailed and intellectually stimulating account of the changing meanings of 'indian' and 'indigeneity' in Bolivia. His focus on the intimate and the public spaces of everyday life, and on the local and the translocal flows of people, ideas, and things, provides a wonderfully engaging picture of how villagers in the Andes think of themselves and others. His deep commitment to the people of the village gives us a refreshing and important perspective on the concept of 'indigeneity, ' which is too often taken for granted in the context of contemporary identity politics. Intimate Indigeneities will prove very attractive to students and scholars alike."–Peter Wade, author of Race and Sex in Latin America
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Details

ISBN-10: 0822352672
ISBN-13: 9780822352679
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 11/26/2012
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 0.80" H
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