New Languages of the State Indigenous Resurgence and the Politics of Knowledge in Bolivia

ISBN-10: 0822345463
ISBN-13: 9780822345466
Edition: 2009
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Description: During the mid-1990s, a bilingual intercultural education initiative was launched to promote the introduction of indigenous languages alongside Spanish in public elementary schools in Bolivias indigenous regions. Bret Gustafson spent fourteen years  More...

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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

During the mid-1990s, a bilingual intercultural education initiative was launched to promote the introduction of indigenous languages alongside Spanish in public elementary schools in Bolivias indigenous regions. Bret Gustafson spent fourteen years studying and working in southeastern Bolivia with the Guarani, who were at the vanguard of the movement for bilingual education. Drawing on his collaborative work with indigenous organizations and bilingual-education activists as well as more traditional ethnographic research, Gustafson traces two decades of indigenous resurgence and education politics in Bolivia, from the 1980s and through the election of Evo Morales in 2005. Bilingual education was a component of education reform linked to foreign-aid development mandates, and foreign aid workers figure in New Languages of the State, as do teachers and their unions, transnational intellectual networks, and assertive indigenous political and intellectual movements across the Andes.

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