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The Ecuador Reader


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
I. Conquest and Colonial Rule 9
II. A New Nation 101
III. The Rise of the Popular 159
IV. Global Currents 193
V. Domination and Struggle 281
VI. Cultures and Identities Redefined 341
Suggestions for Further Reading 423
Acknowledgment of Copyrights 427
Index 431

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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 Afroquitenos: Ciudadania 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, 1900-1995 and a coeditor of Banana Wars: Power, Production, and History in the Americas, both also published by Duke University Press.


"The Ecuador Reader offers an intriguing glimpse of the diverse voices and perspectives through which Ecuadorians have engaged the social, political, and cultural challenges of crafting a modern nation. Compiled by two of the leading scholars of Ecuadorian cultural and political thought, the essays in this volume provide testimony to the diversity and creativity of the intellectuals, organizations, communities, and individuals who people Ecuadorian history. The discussions of identity, ethnicity, colonialism, development, culture, and the state found in these pages offer a unique starting point for exploring Ecuador's historical path from being a colony on the edges of the Inca and Spanish Empires to becoming a central player in modern Latin American political debates."--Deborah Poole, Johns Hopkins University "The Ecuador Reader is a gateway for understanding the volatile and intriguing history of this complex, multicultural land. From Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra's fiery populism to the politics of a contemporary beauty pageant, the book captures the rich diversity of the country's past and present. It is a major contribution to the study of the Andean world."--Catherine M. Conaghan, Queen's University

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