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Week 9: Globalization, Neoliberalism and Indigenous Rights

Globalization, Neo-liberalism and Indigenous Rights: Indigenous rights, autonomy, self-determination

 What are the demands of the indigenous rights movements? How do the indigenous rights movements legitimise their claims? What effect have indigenous rights movements had on democratisation? 


Primary Sources:

ILO Convention 169, 1989

PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, Rodolfo Stavenhagen, 18 February, 2009.

Core Readings:

John Gledhill, “Liberalism, socio-economic rights and the politics of identity: From moral economy to indigenous rights,” in Richard A. Wilson (ED.) Human Rights Culture and Context. London: Pluto Press, 1997.

Charles R Hale, "Does Multiculturalism Menace? Governanance, Cultural Rights and the Politics of Identity in Guatemala."Journal of Latin American Studies 34:3 (2002), 485-524.

Dandler, Jorge “Indiegenous Peoples and the Rule of Law in Latin America. Do they have a chance?” in Juan E. Mendez, Guillermo O’Donnel and Paulo Sergio Pinheiro (eds.) The (Un)Rule of Law and the Underprivileged in Latin America, University of Notre Dame Press, 1999. (See Chapter Scan)

Further Readings:

Drinot, Paulo. “The Meaning of Alan Garcia: Sovereignty and Governmentality in Neoliberal Peru.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, June 2011, p. 179.

Nicole Fabricant, and Nancy Postero. "Performing Indigeneity in Bolivia: The Struggle Over the TIPNIS." no. 3, 2018, p. 905.

Mark Goodale and Nancy Postero. Neoliberalism, Interrupted : Social Change and Contested Governance in Contemporary Latin America, Stanford University Press, 2013.

Charles R. Hale. "Neoliberal Multiculturalism: The Remaking of Cultural Rights and Racial Dominance in Central America." PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, vol. 28, no. 1, May 2005, p. 10-28.

Hernández, Castillo, Rosalva Aída. Histories and Stories from Chiapas : Border Identities in Southern Mexico, University of Texas Press, 2001.

Margaret E. Keck, and Kathryn Sikkink. Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics. Cornell University Press, 1998. (Chapter 3)

Nuijten, M., and D. Lorenzo. (2009) ‘Ruling by Record: The Meaning of Rights, Rules and Registration in an Andean Comunidad,’ Development and Change, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 81–103.

John-Andrew McNeish 'Beyond the Permitted Indian? Bolivia and Guatemala in an Era of Neoliberal Developmentalism', Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, 3:1, (2008) 33-59.

Mariana Mora, Kuxlejal Politics, Indigenous Autonomy, Race and Decolonizing Research Zapatista Communities, University of Texas Press (2017)

Guillermo de la Peña, “Social Citizenship, Ethnic Minority Demands, Human Rights and Neoliberal Paradoxes: A Case Study in Western Mexico” in ” in Rachel Sieder (ed). Multiculturalism in Latin America: Indigenous Rights, Diversity and Democracy, Palgrave Press, 2002.

Postero, Nancy G. (2007) Now we are Citizens: Indigenous Politics in Postmulticultural Bolivia. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Postero, Nancy. The Indigenous State: Race, Politics, and Performance in Plurinational Bolivia. University of California Press, 2017.

Rachel Sieder, “Multiculturalism in Latin America: Indigenous Rights, Diversity and Democracy” in Rachel Sieder (ed.) Multiculturalism in Latin America: Indigenous Rights, Diversity and Democracy , Palgrave Press, 2002.

Rachel Sieder (ed.) Multiculturalism in Latin America: Indigenous Rights, Diversity and Democracy , Palgrave Press, 2002.

Shannon Speed and Jane Collier, “Limiting Indigenous Autonomy in Chiapas Mexico: The State Government’s Use of the Discourse of Human Rights,” Human Rights Quarterly, 22:4, 2000: 877-905.

Donna Lee Van Cott, “Unity through diversity: Ethnic Politics and Democratic Deepening in Colombia” in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 2:4, 1996.

Donna Lee Van Cott. The Friendly Liquidation of the Past: The Politics of Diversity in Latin America, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000.

Yashar, Deborah J. Contesting Citizenship in Latin America: The Rise of Indigenous Movements and the Postliberal Challenge. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Peru: An exceptional case?

Ronald Berg, “Sendero Luminoso and the Peasantry of Andahuaylas,” Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs 28 (4): 165–196

Jaymie Patricia Heilman, Before the Shining Path: Politics in Rural Ayacucho, 1895–1980. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010.

Miguel La Serna, The Corner of the Living: Ayacucho on the Eve of the Shining Path Insurgency. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

Lewis Taylor, Shining Path: Guerrilla War in Peru’s Northern Highlands, 1980–1997. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press, 2006.

Some films and podcasts:

Even the Rain. Dir. Icíar Bollaín Spain, 2010.

The Dancer Upstairs. Dir. John Malkovich UK, 2002.