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The Making of an Indigenous Movement: Culture Ethnicity, and Post-Marxist Social Praxis in Ecuador

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Title: The Making of an Indigenous Movement: Culture Ethnicity, and Post-Marxist Social Praxis in Ecuador
Author: Black, Chad T.
Subject(s): indigenous movement, culture, Ethnicity, post-Marxist, Ecuador
Abstract: The 1990 Indian Uprising staged by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) forced indigenous issues into the national political discourse of Ecuador through the activities of a post-Marxist, progressive social movement. The formation of CONAIE, in 1986, and the 1990 Uprising were the culmination of an organizational process that began in the 1970s with indigenous regional organizing as a reaction against Marxist/mestizo/ integrationist leadership, repression of traditional leftist organizations, and increasing pressures placed on indigenous communities through Ecuador's heightened position in the capitalist world-economy. This organizational process clarified to indigenous leaders a new vision of progressive social praxis based upon ethnic and cultural claims, rather than the strictly economic demands of the traditional left. This paper documents the organizing process as a significant historical development in the emergence of post-Marxist progressive social movements.
Date: 1999-05
Publisher: Latin American and Iberian Institute
Series: LAII Research Paper Series
No. 32
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/7722

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