The election of Evo Morales as Bolivias president in 2005 made him a prominent Indigenous head of state in the Americas, a watershed victory for social activists and Native peoples.
El Movimiento Sin Tierra (MST), or the Landless Peasant Movement, played a significant role in bringing Morales to power. Following in the tradition of the well-known Brazilian
Landless movement, Bolivias MST activists seized unproductive land and built farming collectives as a means of resistance to large-scale export-oriented agriculture. In Mobilizing
Bolivias Displaced, Nicole Fabricant illustrates how landless peasants politicized indigeneity to shape grassroots land politics, reform the state, and secure human and cultural
rights for Native peoples.
|"A beautifully written book about citizenship that is an ethnography of globalization as well as a sharp contribution to debates about indigeneity."|
— Andrew Canessa, University of Essex
Fabricant takes readers into the personal spaces of home and work, on long bus rides, and into meetings and newly built MST settlements to show how, in response to displacement,
Indigenous identity is becoming ever more dynamic and adaptive. In addition to advancing this rich definition of indigeneity, she explores the ways in which Morales has found himself at
odds with Indigenous activists and, in so doing, shows that Indigenous people have a far more complex relationship to Morales than is generally understood.
Nicole Fabricant is assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University.
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