Customizing Indigeneity Paths to a Visionary Politics in Peru
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Description: How do vision quests, river locations, and warriors relate to indigenous activism? For the Aguaruna, an ethnic group at the forefront of Peru's Amazonian Movement, incorporating practices and values they define as customary allows them to shape their own experience as modern indigenous subjects. As Shane Greene reveals, this customization centers on the complex articulation of meaningful social practices, cultural logics, and the political economy of specialized production and consumption. Following decades of engagement with and resistance to state-mandated missionary education, land-titling, and international advocacy networks, the Aguaruna have faced numerous constraints in pursuit of their own political projects. Based on first-hand fieldwork,Customizing Indigeneityprovides a new theoretical language for the politics of indigeneity. Documenting the dynamic between historical constraints and cultural creativity, this work provides a fresh perspective on indigenous people's agency within evolving structures of inequality, while simultaneously challenging common assumptions about scholarly engagement with marginalized populations.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 5/28/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Shane Greene is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University.
|List of Illustrations|
|List of Acronyms|
|A Path In...|
|Projects of Customization|
|...A Path Between...|
|Logics of Customization|
|Paths, Rivers, and Strong Men|
|A How-to Manual for Visionary Warriors|
|...Another Path Between...|
|Politics of Customization|
|From Schools of War to Schools at War: Bilingual Education and Becoming Indigenous|
|Paths, Roads, and Borders: The Fragmentary Logic of the Native Community|
|Warriors of Pen and Paper: The Customization of Organizational Encounters|
|...A Path Out|
|Epilogue: Field Notes on Customizing Anthropology|