The indigenous inhabitants of the Ecuadorian Andes made massive political profits throughout the Nineteen Nineties within the wake of a dynamic wave of neighborhood activism. The flow renegotiated land improvement legislation, elected indigenous applicants to nationwide workplace, and effectively fought for the constitutional redefinition of Ecuador as a state of many cultures. Fighting Like a Community argues that those impressive achievements sarcastically grew out of the deep differences—in language, category, schooling, and location—that started to divide local society within the 1960s.

Drawing on fifteen years of fieldwork, Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld explores those alterations and the conflicts they engendered in quite a few groups. From protestors confronting the army in the course of a countrywide strike to a migrant relations scuffling with to get a relative published from criminal, Colloredo-Mansfeld recounts dramatic occasions and personal struggles alike to illustrate how indigenous energy in Ecuador is energized through disagreements over values and priorities, eloquently contending that the plurality of Andean groups, no longer their team spirit, has been the most important to their political success.

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