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From The University of North Carolina Press
Mobilizing Bolivia's Displaced
Indigenous Politics and the Struggle over Land
By Nicole Fabricant
288 pp. / 6.125 x 9.125 / November 2012
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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.

"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
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.

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.



About Nicole Fabricant

Nicole Fabricant is assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University.



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