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Magical Writing in Salasaca: Literacy and Power in Highland

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This engaging case study of Salasaca, a village in highland Ecuador, examines indigenous beliefs about writing, such as Day of the Dead name lists, comparisons with weaving, and a witch who kills people listed in his book of names. Magical Writing in Salasaca demonstrates that these beliefs reflect extensive contact with birth certificates, baptism records, and other church and state documents. Wogan's inquiry into the place of literacy in the Salasacas' worldview provides a nuanced look at the power relations between elites and nonelite villagers, at the same time that it imparts an empathetic understanding of alternative ways of viewing ostensibly familiar aspects of the world. Magical Writing in Salasaca will appeal to anyone interested in anthropology, literacy, power, or Latin America.

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Wogan (anthropology, Willamette U., Oregon) provides an ethnographic study of literacy beliefs and practices in Salasaca, where he has conducted field research since the middle 1990s. He draws on two established research traditions: political and historical studies of state documentation, and the anthropological study of literacy.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Explores the connections between beliefs about writing and power in an indigenous village in highland Ecuador.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-167) and index.

About the Author

Peter Wogan is assistant professor of anthropology at Willamette University .

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813341514
Author:
Wogan, Peter
Publisher:
Westview Press
Author:
Wogan
Location:
Boulder, Colo.
Subject:
Literacy
Subject:
Ecuador
Subject:
Quechua Indians
Subject:
Indian magic
Subject:
Salasaca
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Quechua Indians - Ecuador - Salasaca -
Subject:
Literacy - Social aspects - Ecuador
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
Education-Teaching Reading and Writing
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Westview case studies in anthropology
Series Volume:
107-787
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 9.5 oz

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