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Syncretic Subjects and Body Politics: Doubleness, Personhood, and Aymara Catechists
Missionaries describe the Aymara catechists with whom they work as "divided in two"—part "Aymara" and part "Christian." This characterization of partial cultural merging links a dualizing paradigm ofExpand
"Living the Past Another Way:": Reinstrumentalized Missionary Selves in Aymara Mission Fields
This article examines Catholic missionaries in the Bolivian highlands. I focus on missionary conversion accounts—narratives of self-transformation in the face of their local mission fields—takingExpand
Catechizing Culture: Missionaries, Aymara, and the "New Evangelization"
Nearly five centuries after the first wave of Catholic missionaries arrived in the New World to spread their Christian message, contemporary religious workers in the Bolivian highlands have begun toExpand
The Promise of Particularism and the Theology of Culture: Limits and Lessons of “Neo‐Boasianism”
This article compares the status of “culture” as a politically engaged concept in Franz Boas's time and in our own time. Taking a Boasian approach to “neo-Boasianism,” I examine the limits of thisExpand
Converting difference: Metaculture, missionaries, and the politics of locality
In recent years, Catholic missionaries have initiated a set of pastoral reforms in Aymara-speaking communities of Bolivia, predicated upon an evangelical equivalence between Aymara identity andExpand
Burying the Past: Locality, Lived History, and Death in an Aymara Ritual of Remembrance
On March 12, 1921, Aymara from the ayllus (indigenous communities) surrounding the town of Jesus de Machaqa attacked the town’s residents and government officials. The attacking Indians burned andExpand
Forged Communities and Vulgar Citizens: Autonomy and its Límites in Semineoliberal Bolivia
Resumen Este articulo examina el impacto de los procesos de descentralizacion politica sobre comunidades indigenas del altiplano boliviano. Enfatizando la creacion de nuevos municipios rurales,Expand
I. Entangled Communities
CATECHISTS AT THE CROSSROADS: NEO-CATHOLICISM, NEOLIBERALISM AND THE SHIFTING SOCIOPOLITICAL LANDSCAPE OF AYMARA LIFE
This article examines the intersection of religious and sociopoliticalreform in contemporary highlands Bolivia. The case at issue is an Aymararegion, where the institutions, personnel and practicesExpand
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