When a Flower Is Reborn: The Life and Times of a Mapuche FeministDe (autor) Isolde Reuque, Rosa Isolde Reuque Paillalef, Rosa Isolde Reuque Paillalef
en Limba Engleză Carte Paperback – August 2002
A leading activist during the Pinochet dictatorship, Reuque--a woman, a Catholic, and a Christian Democrat--often felt like an outsider within the male-dominated, leftist Mapuche movement. This sense of herself as both participant and observer allows for Reuque's trenchant, yet empathetic, critique of the Mapuche ethnic movement and of the policies regarding indigenous people implemented by Chile's post-authoritarian government. After the 1990 transition to democratic rule, Reuque collaborated with the government in the creation of the Indigenous Development Corporation (CONADI) and the passage of the Indigenous Law of 1993. At the same time, her deepening critiques of sexism in Chilean society in general, and the Mapuche movement in particular, inspired her to found the first Mapuche feminist organization and participate in the 1996 International Women's Conference in Beijing. Critical of the democratic government's inability to effectively address indigenous demands, Reuque reflects on the history of Mapuche activism, including its disarray in the early 1990s and resurgence toward the end of the decade, and relates her hopes for the future.
An important reinvention of the testimonial genre for Latin America's post-authoritarian, post-revolutionary era, "When a Flower Is Reborn" will appeal to those interested in Latin America, race and ethnicity, indigenous people's movements, women and gender, and oral history and ethnography.
Ilustrații: 36 b&w photographs
Dimensiuni: 155 x 224 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.58 kg
Editura: Duke University Press
"This book is a welcome addition to the encouraging and rapidly expanding literature on the many ways in which Native peoples are winning various degrees of recognition, autonomy, and influence in various countries. It is also an excellent addition to the relatively recent genre of testimonios... Editor Mallon skillfully interweaves discussions of history, international relations, the strengths and limitations of testimonios, and other themes with vivid characterization and detailed recounting of a rapidly changing lifestyle... Highly recommended."--D. B. Heath, Choice "Mallon has crafted a complex, rich, and deeply interesting testimonio of Isolde's life and role in the Chilean Mapuche movement... Mallon's study serves as one model for understanding the multiple and critical uses of oral history and testimonio in crafting important scholarly work."--Nancy Raquel Mirabal, The Oral History Review "Because the success stories, which inspire emulation, are interspersed with accounts where [Reuque Paillalef] failed to achieve her goals or maintain organizational cohesion, the book presents a balanced perspective. Her honesty and candidness discourage the reader from idealizing Mapuche people or simplifying Chile's recent past, yet by reading the monograph students and scholars alike will gain a more profound understanding of ethnic and gender relations under the distinct political structures of dictatorship and democracy."--David Carey Jr., South Eastern Latin Americanist "[A]n eloquent testimony."--Rosamel Millaman Reinao, American Anthropologist "[A] fascinating document."--Linda B. Hall, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies "This book is an absorbing study of the past three decades of Mapuche history, through the eyes of a key protagonist of the struggle for the rights of the Mapuche, especially those of Mapuche women."--Margaret Power, The Americas Listed in HAHR, Yale Alumni Magazine, Library Journal, New Mexico Historical Review, Women's Review of Books, Feminist Academic Press column, and American Historical Review.