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Indigenous Responses to Neoliberalism: A Look at the Bolivian Uprising of 2003

Nancy Postero
Political and Legal Anthropology Review
Vol. 28, No. 1 (May 2005), pp. 73-92
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24497683
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

This essay considers the October 2003 uprising in Bolivia, where indigenous and popular sectors mounted protests against neoliberal economic policies for the exploitation of natural gas, forcing the resignation of the president. The essay argues that the protests were a response not only to economic concerns, but also to profound questions about the meaning of citizenship and the role of civil society in neoliberal Bolivia. In the process of contesting the costs and beneficiaries of neoliberal restructuring, indigenous groups have allied with other sectors hit equally hard by economic crises, such as urban poor, students, and peasants. This alliance across class and ethnicity has formed a new Bolivian public, which is both poor and indigenous, and which is acting to expand the meaning of citizenship by demanding inclusion in public decision-making.

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