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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Jose Antonio Lucero

Struggles of Voice: The Politics of Indigenous Representation in the Andes book cover
Struggles of Voice: The Politics of Indigenous Representation in the Andes (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 4:00pm
Communications 202

Reception to follow.

Over the last two decades, indigenous populations in Latin America have achieved a remarkable level of visibility and political effectiveness, particularly in Ecuador and Bolivia. In Struggles of Voice, José Antonio Lucero examines these two examples in order to understand their different patterns of indigenous mobilization and to reformulate the theoretical model by which we link political representation to social change.

Building on extensive fieldwork, Lucero considers Ecuador’s united indigenous movement and compares it to the more fragmented situation in Bolivia. He analyzes the mechanisms at work in political and social structures to explain the different outcomes in each case. Lucero assesses the intricacies of the many indigenous organizations and the influence of various NGOs to uncover how the conflicts within social movements, the shifting nature of indigenous identities, and the politics of transnationalism all contribute to the success or failure of political mobilization.

José Antonio Lucero is Assistant Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. His research on social movement theory and indigenous politics has been published in the Journal of Democracy, Comparative Politics, Latin American Perspectives, Latin American Research Review, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, and several edited volumes.

Sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities.