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Author Postero, Nancy Grey, author

Title The indigenous state : race, politics, and performance in plurinational Bolivia / Nancy Postero
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
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Contents Introduction: the "cultural democratic revolution" of Evo Morales -- The emergence of indigenous nationalism : social movements and the MAS State -- The constituent assembly : challenges to liberalism -- Wedding the nation : spectacle and political performance -- Living well? the battle for national development -- Race and racism in the new Bolivia -- From indigeneity to economic liberation -- Charagua's struggle for indigenous autonomy -- Conclusion : between politics and policing
Summary "In 2005, Bolivians elected their first indigenous president, Evo Morales. Ushering in a new "democratic cultural revolution," Morales promised to overturn neoliberalism and inaugurate a new decolonized society. In this crucial new book, Nancy Postero examines the successes and failures in the ten years since Morales's election. While the Morales government has made many changes that have positively benefited Boliva's majority indigenous population, it has consolidated power and reinforced extractivist development models. In the process, indigeneity has been transformed from a site of emancipatory politics to a site of liberal nation-state building. By carefully tracing the political origins and practices of decolonization among activists, government administrators, and ordinary citizens, Postero makes an important contribution to our understanding of the meaning and impact of Bolivia's indigenous state."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Morales Ayma, Evo, 1959- -- Political activity.
Indigenous peoples -- Bolivia -- Government relations -- 21st century.
Multiculturalism -- Political aspects -- Bolivia -- 21st century.
Neoliberalism -- Bolivia -- 21st century.
Bolivia -- Ethnic relations -- Political aspects -- 21st century.
Bolivia -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017003613
ISBN 0520294033
0520967305 (electronic bk.)
9780520967304 (electronic bk.)
(paperback;) (alk. paper)