The Challenge of Diversity: Indigenous Peoples and Reform of the State in Latin America

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Thela Thesis, 2000 - Political Science - 315 pages
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Over the past several years new constitutions have been promulgated in many Latin American countries. A notable feature of the new constitutional frameworks is the recognition of the multiethnic and pluricultural character of these Latin American societies and States. Without question this fact reflects the new weight that indigenous movements have gained in political processes in the region. The recognition of multiethnicity constitutes a significant break with the previous perspective based on homogeneity and assimilation. Although this recognition of diversity is indeed important, the real test and challenge shall be the full implementation of diversity through concrete policies and institutional reforms.

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Gemma van der Haar received her Ph.D. from Wageningen University where she was trained as a development sociologist. Her field experience in Chiapas dates back to 1986 and has involved lengthy stays in indigenous communities. She has recently co-edited "Current Land Policy in Latin America: regulating land tenure under neo-liberalism." She currently works at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management at Nijmegen University.

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