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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Fall 2007

ANT 391 • Identity Politics and State Transformation in Contemporary Latin America

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31133 W
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
SRH 1.313
PADILLA

Course Description

This seminar focuses on the emergence of new political subjects through indigenous social mobilizations in today's Latin America, particularly in the Andes and Mesoamerica. The spotlight centers on the relationship between indigenous resistance, constitutional and legal transformations and the emergence of new political paradigms. The first third of the course is historical, focusing on the colonial difference and its effects on the subject formation around the relationship between indigenous peoples and dominant societies. We will then focus on the relationship between post-1950 leftist revolutionary movements and indigenous mobilizations and resistance. The second third will be devoted to the evaluation of the role played by intellectuals and academics, in the formulation of a new discourse regarding identity and the role of the state in the nation building process. The last third will be devoted to the effects of legal bodies generated at the international level and the effects of globalization and neoliberal policies in the structuring of indigenous movements and politics in Latin America.

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