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Marisol de la Cadena

University of California, Davis
Professor of Anthropology
Davis, CA

My first book, Indigenous Mestizos. The Politics of Race and Culture in Cuzco, Peru, 1910-1991, was an historical and ethnographic analysis of race relations in the Andes. I made two long standing contributions. a) Since the late nineteenth century a strong tendency has existed in Latin America to define race through culture and in opposition to biological considerations. While ‘cultural racism’, may be new for Europe, it is as old as race in Latin America. b) I observe ethnographically the processes through which local working classes separate themselves from Indianness—an abject colonized condition, and create a different one, the indigenous-mestizo, conceived within a fractal regional circuit (a socio-natural-economic-political configuration) composed through the articulation of “more than one yet less than two” (cf. Strathern 1994) cultural conditions.

I am currently writing a book, the working title of which is Alternative Archives: Understanding Indigenous Politics the Andean Way. I interrogate the relationship between indigeneity and “politics” and more specifically, the epistemic maneuver through which the power to decide what and who counts as its objects and subjects was invented.