“Excellent. This will become the standard work on the origins of the Ecuadorian indigenous movement-there is nothing like it on the market. This is the book on Ecuador that all libraries will need to get.”--Erick D. Langer, Georgetown University
“This book, creatively straddling history and anthropology, deftly locates the recent upsurge of indigenous political mobilization in a richly varied, theoretically informed, long-term historical context. It offers a marvelous menu of ethnographies of the state (and processes of state formation from below) that hew to the volume's central analytical focus-namely, the conflictive negotiations through which local indigenous peoples tried to project their interests, identities, and ideas into the larger political arena. This volume is an essential contribution to Latin American indigenous and social movements, as well as to the comparative history of peasants and modern state formation.”--Brooke Larson, author of Trials of Nation Making: Liberalism, Race, and Ethnicity in the Andes, 1810-1910.
“This book fills a significant gap in the scholarly literature on state formation in postindependence Latin America. The contributors do an excellent job of bringing Ecuador directly into broader debates and discussions about Latin America as a whole. The volume will also compel scholars who work elsewhere in Latin American to reassess their work in light of the important findings presented here.”--David Nugent, Emory University
”A fine, readable book that fills an important gap in the historical and anthropological literature. Highly recommended.”—Choice
”Succeeds on many levels. Any serious comparative inquiry into Latin America’s indigenous movements would be well served by this title. Ecuadorianist scholars concerned about politics, native peoples and the modern history of the nation will find this voume indispensable.”—A Contra corriente
“Theoretically sophisticated yet highly accessible . . . helps us understand perhaps the region’s most successful indigenous movement within its historical and comparative context. It does this better than any other book currently available. Along the way, it offers a history of modern Ecuador that is compelling and a treatment of state formation that should be read by anyone interested in understanding postindependence in Latin America.”—Hispanic American Historical Review
“An outstanding contribution . . . the most comprehensive and authoritative text available on the historical development and contemporary implications of Ecuador’s fascinating indigenous social movement.”—Journal of Latin American Studies