Histories of Race and Racism: The Andes and Mesoamerica from by Laura Gotkowitz

By Laura Gotkowitz

Ninety percentage of the indigenous inhabitants within the Americas lives within the Andean and Mesoamerican countries of Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala. lately indigenous social activities in those nations have intensified debate approximately racism and drawn consciousness to the connections among present-day discrimination and centuries of colonialism and violence. In Histories of Race and Racism, anthropologists, historians, and sociologists ponder the reviews and representations of Andean and Mesoamerican indigenous peoples from the early colonial period to the current. a number of the essays specialise in Bolivia, the place the election of the country’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales, sparked fierce disputes over political energy, ethnic rights, and visions of the kingdom. The members evaluate the interaction of race and racism with type, gender, nationality, and regionalism in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. within the procedure, they interact matters together with hard work, schooling, census taking, cultural appropriation and function, mestizaje, social mobilization, and antiracist laws. Their essays shed new mild at the current through describing how race and racism have mattered particularly Andean and Mesoamerican societies at particular moments in time.

Contributors
Rossana Barragán
Kathryn Burns
Andrés Calla
Pamela Calla
Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld
María Elena García
Laura Gotkowitz
Charles R. Hale
Brooke Larson
Claudio Lomnitz
José Antonio Lucero
Florencia E. Mallon
Khantuta Muruchi
Deborah Poole
Seemin Qayum
Arturo Taracena Arriola
Sinclair Thomson
Esteban Ticona Alejo

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As Qayum does, Colloredo-Mansfeld charts the struggle over a symbol, over the physical location (and relocation) of a statue of an Indian. He shows that the e√ort to remove this sculpture from the central plaza of the city of Otavalo was a reaction against the growing presence of indígenas and indigenous businesses in the city. He concludes by considering the role that representations of ethnicity have played within the indigenous movement itself. An urban indigenous culture has flourished in parts of Ecuador in recent years, yet it occupies the margins of the national indigenous movement.

Figure 3. ’’ Sucre, May 28, 2008. Credit: Michel Gobat. Figure 4. Gra≈ti denouncing the violence of May 24, 2008, as the manifestation of 199 years of violence and racism. Sucre, May 28, 2008. Credit: Michel Gobat. Figure 5. ’’ Sucre, May 28, 2008. Credit: Michel Gobat. Figure 6. ’’ Sucre, May 28, 2008. Credit: Michel Gobat. Notes 1. Romero 2007, 3. 2. , 12–13. The prefect, an elected o≈cial since the December 2005 elections, is the highest authority of a department. The prefect in power at the time (Manfred Reyes Villa) was a leading member of the opposition to the government of Evo Morales.

Figure 2. Anti-mas gra≈ti associating mas with lynching, drug tra≈cking, and racism. Sucre, May 18, 2008. Credit: Michel Gobat. Figure 3. ’’ Sucre, May 28, 2008. Credit: Michel Gobat. Figure 4. Gra≈ti denouncing the violence of May 24, 2008, as the manifestation of 199 years of violence and racism. Sucre, May 28, 2008. Credit: Michel Gobat. Figure 5. ’’ Sucre, May 28, 2008. Credit: Michel Gobat. Figure 6. ’’ Sucre, May 28, 2008. Credit: Michel Gobat. Notes 1. Romero 2007, 3. 2. , 12–13. The prefect, an elected o≈cial since the December 2005 elections, is the highest authority of a department.

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