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Ecuador Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America Readers)by Carlos De La Torre
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Encompassing Amazonian rainforests, Andean peaks, coastal lowlands, and the Galandaacute;pagos Islands, Ecuadorandrsquo;s geography is notably diverse. So too are its history, culture, and politics, all of which are examined from many perspectives in The Ecuador Reader. Spanning the years before the arrival of the Spanish in the early 1500s to the present, this rich anthology addresses colonialism, independence, the nationandrsquo;s integration into the world economy, and its tumultuous twentieth century. Interspersed among forty-eight written selections are more than three dozen images.
The voices and creations of Ecuadorian politicians, writers, artists, scholars, activists, and journalists fill the Reader, from Josandeacute; Marandiacute;a Velasco Ibarra, the nationandrsquo;s ultimate populist and five-time president, to Pancho Jaime, a political satirist; from Julio Jaramillo, a popular twentieth-century singer, to anonymous indigenous women artists who produced ceramics in the 1500s; and from the poems of Afro-Ecuadorians, to the fiction of the vanguardist Pablo Palacio, to a recipe for traditional Quiteandntilde;o-style shrimp. The Reader includes an interview with Nina Pacari, the first indigenous woman elected to Ecuadorandrsquo;s national assembly, and a reflection on how to balance tourism with the protection of the Galandaacute;pagos Islandsandrsquo; magnificent ecosystem. Complementing selections by Ecuadorians, many never published in English, are samples of some of the best writing on Ecuador by outsiders, including an account of how an indigenous group with non-Inca origins came to see themselves as definitively Incan, an exploration of the fascination with the Andes from the 1700s to the present, chronicles of the less-than-exemplary behavior of U.S. corporations in Ecuador, an examination of Ecuadoriansandrsquo; overseas migration, and a look at the controversy surrounding the selection of the first black Miss Ecuador.
An interdisciplinary anthology of work from and about Ecuador, including nonfiction, poetry, journalism, history, and cultural analysis, with many primary resources never before published in English.
About the Author
Carlos de la Torre is Director of the doctoral program in and Chair of Political Studies at FLACSO (La Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales) in Quito, Ecuador. He is the author of Populist Seduction in Latin America: The Ecuadorian Experience and several books in Spanish, including Afroquiteandntilde;os: Ciudadanandiacute;a y Racismo.
Steve Striffler is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of In the Shadows of State and Capital: the United Fruit Company, Popular Struggle, and Agrarian Restructuring in Ecuador, 1900andndash;1995 and a coeditor of Banana Wars: Power, Production, and History in the Americas, both also published by Duke University Press.
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