Indigenous Revolution in Ecuador and Bolivia, 1990–2005De (autor) Jeffery M. Paige
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Jeffrey M. Paige, an internationally recognized authority on the sociology of revolutionary movements, interviewed forty-five indigenous leaders who were actively involved in the uprisings. The leaders recount how peaceful protest and electoral democracy paved the path to power. Through the interviews, we learn how new ideologies of indigenous socialism drew on the deep commonalities between the communal dreams of their ancestors and the modern ideology of democratic socialism. This new discourse spoke to the people most oppressed by both withering racism and neoliberal capitalism.
Emphasizing mutual respect among ethnic groups (including the dominant Hispanic group), the new revolutionary dynamic proposes a communal worldview similar to but more inclusive than Western socialism because it adds indigenous cultures and nature in a spiritual whole. Although absent in the major revolutions of the past century, the themes of indigenous revolution—democracy, indigeneity, spirituality, community, and ecology—are critically important.
Paige’s interviews present the powerful personal experiences and emotional intensity of the revolutionary leadership. They share the stories of mass mobilization, elections, and indigenous socialism that created a new form of twenty-first-century revolution with far-reaching applications beyond the Andes.
“Well-written, well-argued, imaginative. Paige helps us understand how and why twenty-first-century revolutions are unique in their strategies and objectives, and how they strive to bring back the past in new ways.”—Susan Eckstein, author of How Immigrants Impact Their Homelands
Jeffery M. Paige was a professor of sociology at the University of Michigan for almost forty years before accepting emeritus status in 2015. His passion for the study of revolution has led him to field research in Central America during its revolutionary wars and to the Andes in the aftermath of revolution.