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1 CANESSA, ANDREW. Natives Making Nation: Gender, Indigeneity, And The State In The Andes.
University of Arizona Press, Tucson: 2005. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In Bolivia today, the ability to speak an indigenous language is highly valued among educated urbanites as a useful job skill, but a rural person who speaks a native language is branded with lower social status. Likewise, chewing coca in the countryside spells "inferior indian," but in La Paz jazz bars it's decidedly cool. In the Andes and elsewhere, the commodification of indianness has impacted urban lifestyles as people co-opt indigenous cultures for qualities that emphasize the uniqueness of their national culture. This volume looks at how metropolitan ideas of nation employed by politicians, the media and education are produced, reproduced, and contested by people of the rural Andes—people who have long been regarded as ethnically and racially distinct from more culturally European urban citizens. Yet these peripheral "natives" are shown to be actively engaged with the idea of the nation in their own communities, forcing us to re-think the ways in which indigeneity is defined by its marginality. The contributors examine the ways in which numerous identities—racial, generational, ethnic, regional, national, gender, and sexual—are both mutually informing and contradictory among subaltern Andean people who are more likely now to claim an allegiance to a nation than ever before. Although indians are less often confronted with crude assimilationist policies, they continue to face racism and discrimination as they struggle to assert an identity that is more than a mere refraction of the dominant culture. Yet despite the language of multiculturalism employed even in constitutional reform, any assertion of indian identity is likely to be resisted. By exploring topics as varied as nation-building in the 1930s or the chuqila dance, these authors expose a paradox in the relation between indians and the nation: that the nation can be claimed as a source of power and distinct identity while simultaneously making some types of national imaginings unattainable. Whether dancing together or simply talking to one another, the people described in these essays are shown creating identity through processes that are inherently social and interactive. To sing, to eat, to weave . . . In the performance of these simple acts, bodies move in particular spaces and contexts and do so within certain understandings of gender, race and nation. Through its presentation of this rich variety of ethnographic and historical contexts, Natives Making Nation provides a finely nuanced view of contemporary Andean life. 
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2 MARIA TAPIAS Embodied Protests: Emotions And Women's Health In Bolivia.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago: 2015. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
How drastic economic reform ravaged women's quality of life In the late 1980s, the introduction of drastic economic policies left Bolivia with soaring unemployment, decreases in social services and living standards, and greater than ever income equality. The new direction reshaped Bolivians' aspirations, and altered their senses of identity and their relationships to one-another, work, and the state. Embodied Protests examines how Bolivia's hesitant courtship with globalization manifested in the visceral and emotional diseases that afflicted many Bolivian women. Drawing on case studies conducted among market- and working-class women in the provincial town of Punata, Maria Tapias examines how headaches and debilidad, so-called normal bouts of infant diarrhea, and the malaise oppressing whole communities were symptomatic of profound social suffering. She approaches the narratives of distress caused by poverty, domestic violence, and the failure of social networks as constituting the knowledge that shaped their understandings of well-being. At the crux of Tapias's definitive analysis is the idea that individual health perceptions, actions, and practices cannot be separated from local cultural narratives or from global and economic forces. Evocative and compassionate, Embodied Protests gives voice to the human costs of the ongoing neoliberal experiment. Maria Tapias is an associate professor of anthropology and an associate dean at Grinnell College. "Based on finely detailed ethnography, lovingly treated by an author who knows how to write."--Daniel M. Goldstein, author of Outlawed: Between Security and Rights in a Bolivian City "An engagingly written, and often moving, depiction of the lives of working class women in Bolivia and their stories of suffering and success navigating the social and political economic obstacles of everyday life in the twenty-first century. Throughout, the finely detailed analysis illuminates the cultural parameters of emotion and illness and the local politics of neoliberalism and we gain an appreciation for individuals' efforts to protest the distress in their lives and enhance the well-being of themselves and others. A clear contribution to the field."--Krista E. Van Vleet, author of Performing Kinship Narrative, Gender, and the Intimacies of Power in the Andes 
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3 MARIA TAPIAS Embodied Protests: Emotions And Women's Health In Bolivia.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago: 2015. h Hardcover as issued without dustjacket. Brand new book. 
How drastic economic reform ravaged women's quality of life In the late 1980s, the introduction of drastic economic policies left Bolivia with soaring unemployment, decreases in social services and living standards, and greater than ever income equality. The new direction reshaped Bolivians' aspirations, and altered their senses of identity and their relationships to one-another, work, and the state. Embodied Protests examines how Bolivia's hesitant courtship with globalization manifested in the visceral and emotional diseases that afflicted many Bolivian women. Drawing on case studies conducted among market- and working-class women in the provincial town of Punata, Maria Tapias examines how headaches and debilidad, so-called normal bouts of infant diarrhea, and the malaise oppressing whole communities were symptomatic of profound social suffering. She approaches the narratives of distress caused by poverty, domestic violence, and the failure of social networks as constituting the knowledge that shaped their understandings of well-being. At the crux of Tapias's definitive analysis is the idea that individual health perceptions, actions, and practices cannot be separated from local cultural narratives or from global and economic forces. Evocative and compassionate, Embodied Protests gives voice to the human costs of the ongoing neoliberal experiment. Maria Tapias is an associate professor of anthropology and an associate dean at Grinnell College. "Based on finely detailed ethnography, lovingly treated by an author who knows how to write."--Daniel M. Goldstein, author of Outlawed: Between Security and Rights in a Bolivian City "An engagingly written, and often moving, depiction of the lives of working class women in Bolivia and their stories of suffering and success navigating the social and political economic obstacles of everyday life in the twenty-first century. Throughout, the finely detailed analysis illuminates the cultural parameters of emotion and illness and the local politics of neoliberalism and we gain an appreciation for individuals' efforts to protest the distress in their lives and enhance the well-being of themselves and others. A clear contribution to the field."--Krista E. Van Vleet, author of Performing Kinship Narrative, Gender, and the Intimacies of Power in the Andes 
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