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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Book, "Cauca's Indigenous Movement in Southwestern Colombia Land, Violence, and Ethnic Identity" by Brett Troyan


Cauca's Indigenous Movement in Southwestern Colombia

Land, Violence, and Ethnic Identity

BRETT TROYAN


Lexington Books
Pages: 220 • Size: 6 1/2 x 9 3/8
978-1-4985-0228-3 • Hardback • June 2015 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
978-1-4985-0229-0 • eBook • June 2015 • $84.99 • (£54.95)

ABOUT THE BOOKCauca's Indigenous Movement in Southwestern Colombia: Land, Violence, and Ethnic Identityprovides a vivid account of how the indigenous communities of Cauca in southwestern Colombia engaged with the Colombian central state. Troyan begins with the question of how 3.4 percent of the Colombian population obtained legal rights to close to a quarter of the national territory. Her in-depth study of the correspondence between the central state and indigenous communities of Cauca reveals that the nation state played a key role in the legitimization of land claims based on ethnic identity. Starting with the indigenous movement led by Manuel Quintín Lame in 1914, this book shows how, in contrast to the local authorities of Cauca, the central state adopted a more sympathetic albeit contradictory approach to indigenous communities’ grievances throughout the twentieth century. Land, Violence, and Cauca's Indigenous Movement in Southwestern Colombia presents an examination of state initiatives in the 1930s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s toward indigenous communities in Cauca, which sheds light on the political and social construction of Colombian indigenous identity. Troyan also reveals how violence and the representation of violence shaped the conversations between the central state and indigenous communities of Cauca; the central state’s inability to exert a monopoly on violence, Troyan argues, places indigenous communities and their leaders in jeopardy despite the discursive legitimization of land claims based on ethnic identity.