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El Alto, Rebel City : Self and Citizenship in Andean Bolivia

By: Lazar, Sian.
Contributor(s): Mignolo, Walter D | Silverblatt, Irene | Saldívar-Hull, Sonia.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Latin America Otherwise: Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2007Description: 1 online resource (346 p.).ISBN: 9780822388760.Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: El Alto, Rebel City : Self and Citizenship in Andean BoliviaDDC classification: 305.898/32408412 LOC classification: F2230.2.A9 | L393 2007Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; CONTENTS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; ONE - EL ALTO THE CITY; PART ONE; TWO - CONSTRUCTING THE ZONE; THREE - CITIZENS DESPITE THE STATE; FOUR - PLACE, MOVEMENT, AND RITUAL; FIVE - HOW THE GODS TOUCH HUMANS (AND VICE VERSA); PART TWO; SIX - COMPETITION, INDIVIDUALISM, AND COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION; SEVEN - ""IN-BETWEENNESS"" AND POLITICAL AGENCY; EIGHT - THE STATE AND THE UNIONS; CONCLUSION; NOTES; GLOSSARY; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX
Summary: El Alto, Rebel City combines ethnography and political theory to explore the astonishing political power exercised by the indigenous citizens of El Alto, Bolivia in the past decade.
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Cover; CONTENTS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; ONE - EL ALTO THE CITY; PART ONE; TWO - CONSTRUCTING THE ZONE; THREE - CITIZENS DESPITE THE STATE; FOUR - PLACE, MOVEMENT, AND RITUAL; FIVE - HOW THE GODS TOUCH HUMANS (AND VICE VERSA); PART TWO; SIX - COMPETITION, INDIVIDUALISM, AND COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION; SEVEN - ""IN-BETWEENNESS"" AND POLITICAL AGENCY; EIGHT - THE STATE AND THE UNIONS; CONCLUSION; NOTES; GLOSSARY; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX

El Alto, Rebel City combines ethnography and political theory to explore the astonishing political power exercised by the indigenous citizens of El Alto, Bolivia in the past decade.

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CHOICE Review

Visitors who arrive in La Paz, Bolivia, by air first must wind their way through the international airport city of El Alto. Few visitors stop to study it, so this book is an especially important contribution. El Alto, with 700,000 residents, is an indigenous city. Anthropologist Lazar (Cambridge) skillfully shows how the altenos, many of whom were once peasants, miners, fisherfolk, traders, or manual workers in the countryside, and who speak Aymara, represent an intermediate citizenry between southern La Paz and the surrounding altiplano. They helped transform the government in 2003 by blockading the city of La Paz in demonstration against the neoliberal economic policy. Ultimately, a candidate of their liking, Evo Morales, came to power. To Lazar, alteno citizenship is performed. Citizenship is participation in dance festivals of the vecinos (inhabitants of the residential part of the city), public libations to the deities, protest marches of unions, noisy gatherings of political parties and politicians, and colorful tents of evangelical faith-healing events. To be sure, some division is seen among Catholic/syncretic religion and evangelical religions, but both are fluid expressions of religiosity tied to the liminality and latent agency of El Alto citizenship. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty. W. L. Balee Tulane University

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<p>Sian Lazar is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. She is a coauthor of Doing the Rights Thing: Rights-based Development and Latin American NGOs .</p>

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