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Gender, Indian, Nation: The Contradictions of Making Ecuador, 1830-1925


reviewed by Nicola Foote — May 30, 2008

coverTitle: Gender, Indian, Nation: The Contradictions of Making Ecuador, 1830-1925
Author(s): Erin O’ Connor
Publisher: University of Arizona Press, Tucson
ISBN: 0816525595, Pages: 261, Year: 2007
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Ecuador has been the site of a recent indigenous political movement which has reshaped the working of politics and the relationship between indigenous peoples and the state. It has attracted international attention to a country which had previously been largely marginalized within global informational currents and academic research agendas. Erin O’ Connor’s penetrating work is part of a multi-disciplinary wave of studies which have sought to analyze and contextualize this recent shift. This book stands out from that pack due to its close attention to gender. One of the most noteworthy things about the contemporary indigenous movement has been the complexity of gender issues, with women both “central to and yet often marginalized” (p.xii) within political activism. Women’s bodies, clothing, language and domestic tasks serve to represent indigenous ethnicity in powerful and highly visible ways, and many women have risen to important leadership positions (Nina Pacari, the first indigenous woman... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 30, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15262, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 5:38:24 PM

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  • Nicola Foote
    Florida Gulf Coast University
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    NICOLA FOOTE is an Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Florida Gulf Coast University.
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