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During the mid-1990s, a bilingual intercultural education initiative was launched to promote the introduction of indigenous languages alongside Spanish in public elementary schools in Boliviaandrsquo;s indigenous regions. Bret Gustafson spent fourteen years studying and working in southeastern Bolivia with the Guarani, who were at the vanguard of the movement for bilingual education. Drawing on his collaborative work with indigenous organizations and bilingual-education activists as well as more traditional ethnographic research, Gustafson traces two decades of indigenous resurgence and education politics in Bolivia, from the 1980s through the election of Evo Morales in 2005. Bilingual education was a component of education reform linked to foreign-aid development mandates, and foreign aid workers figure in New Languages of the State, as do teachers and their unions, transnational intellectual networks, and assertive indigenous political and intellectual movements across the Andes.

Gustafson shows that bilingual education is an issue that extends far beyond the classroom. Public schools are at the center of a broader battle over territory, power, and knowledge as indigenous movements across Latin America actively defend their languages and knowledge systems. In attempting to decolonize nation-states, the indigenous movements are challenging deep-rooted colonial racism and neoliberal reforms intended to mold public education to serve the market. Meanwhile, market reformers nominally embrace cultural pluralism while implementing political and economic policies that exacerbate inequality. Juxtaposing Guarani life, language, and activism with intimate portraits of reform politics among academics, bureaucrats, and others in and beyond La Paz, Gustafson illuminates the issues, strategic dilemmas, and imperfect alliances behind bilingual intercultural education.

Synopsis:

Analyzes bilingual intercultural education in Bolivia to show how indigenous-backed proposals to reform the all-Spanish education system to include indigenous languages and knowledges challenged neoliberal models of education and became part of the transf

About the Author

Bret Gustafson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Table of Contents

About the Series ix

Acknowledgments xi

Acronyms xv

On Languages and Labels xix

Introduction. Ethnographic Articulations in the Age of Pachakuti 1

Part 1. Resurgent Knowledge

1. Soldiers, Priests, and Schools: State Building in the Andes and the Guarani Frontier 33

Interlude. To Camiri 61

2. Guarani Scribes: Bilingual Education as Indigenous Resurgence 65

Interlude. To Itavera 95

3. Guarani Katui: Schooling, Knowledge, and Movement in Itavera 101

Part 2. Transnational Articulations

Interlude. To La Paz, via Thailand 135

4. Networking Articulations: EIB from Project to Policy 143

Interlude. Bolivia or Yugoslavia 171

5. Prodding Nerves: Intercultural Disruption and Managerial Control 175

Part 3. Return to Struggle

Interlude. La Indiada, como para Dar Miedo 209

6. Insurgent Citizenship: Interculturalism beyond the School 215

Interlude. Interculturalism to Decolonization 247

7. Shifting States 253

Notes 285

Glossary 301

References 303

Index 319

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822345466
Author:
Gustafson, Bret
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Gustafson, Bret Darin
Author:
Ramos, Alcida Rita
Author:
Mallon, Florencia E.
Author:
Rappaport, Joanne
Author:
Lomawaima, K. Tsianina
Subject:
Ethnology -- Bolivia.
Subject:
Education, Bilingual -- Bolivia.
Subject:
Aims & Objectives
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Narrating Native Histories
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 photographs, 1 table, 1 map
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Latin America » Bolivia
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » General

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