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Intercultural Utopias by Rappaport, Joanne
Intercultural Utopias: Public Intellectuals, Cultural Experimentation, and Ethnic Pluralism in Colombia
by Rappaport, Joanne
 
While only two percent of Colombia's population identifies themselves as indigenous, that figure belies the significance of the country's indigenous movement. More than a quarter of the Colombian national territory belongs to indigenous groups, and eighty percent of the country's mineral resources are located in native-owned lands. In this innovative ethnography, Joanne Rappaport draws on research she has conducted in Colombia over the past decade-and particularly on her collaborations with activists-to explore the country's multifaceted indigenous movement which, after almost 35 years, continues to press for rights to live as indigenous people within a pluralistic society that recognizes them as citizens. Focusing on the intellectuals involved in the movement, Rappaport traces the development of a distinctly indigenous modernity in Latin America-one that defies common stereotypes of separatism or a romantic return to the past. as she reveals, this emerging form of modernity is characterized by interethnic communication and the reframing of selectively appropriated western research methodologies within indigenous philosophical frameworks. Intercultural Utopias centers on southwestern Colombia's Cauca region, a culturally and linguistically heterogeneous area well known for its history of indigenous mobilization and its pluralist approach to ethnic politics. Rappaport interweaves the stories of individuals with the history of the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) and other indigenous organizations. She presents insights into the movement and the intercultural relationships that characterize it from the varying perspectives of regional indigenous activists, non-indigenous urban intellectuals dedicated to the fight for indigenous rights, anthropologists, local teachers, shamans, and native politicians.
 
Published September, 2005 by Duke University Press, Paperback, 384 Pages, ISBN: 9780822335993, ISBN-10: 0822335999, List Price $27.95.

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