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R. Aída Hernández Castillo

In: The SAGE Handbook of Identities

Chapter 20: Indigeneity as a Field of Power: Multiculturalism and Indigenous Identities in Political Struggles

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Indigeneity as a Field of Power: Multiculturalism and Indigenous Identities in Political Struggles
Indigeneity as a field of power: Multiculturalism and indigenous identities in political struggles

Group's self-identification as tribal or indigenous is not natural or inevitable, but neither is it simply invented, adopted, or imposed. It is, rather, a positioning that draws upon historically sedimented practices, landscapes, and repertoires of meaning, and emerges through particular patterns of engagement and struggle. (Tania Li)2

Writing this chapter has represented a genuine challenge for me, as I have worked to construct a dialogue between theoretical debates in the ‘north’ and theoretical and political concerns in the Latin American academic community.3 It has been a labour of translation both literally and conceptually. Translating debates and placing them in the framework ...

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