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Resistance in an Amazonian Community

Huaorani Organizing against the Global Economy

Larry Ziegler-Otero

188 pages, 17 photos, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-448-7 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (July 2004)

ISBN  978-1-84545-306-0 $27.95/£19.00 Pb Published (December 2006)

eISBN 978-1-78238-203-4 eBook


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“…excellent ethnography…this work provides an interesting and important account of one indigenous people’s political struggles in contemporary Amazonia.”  · Journal of Latin American Studies

"... a good book ... clearly written ... that raises a number of important general issues relevant to the contemporary political, cultural and economic struggles of indigenous peoples of the Amazon and elsewhere."  · Terence Turner, Cornell University

Like many other indigenous groups, the Huaorani of eastern Ecuador are facing many challenges as they attempt to confront the globalization of capitalism in the 21st century. In 1991, they formed a political organization as a direct response to the growing threat to Huaorani territory posed by oil exploitation, colonization, and other pressures. The author explores the structures and practices of the organization, as well as the contradictions created by the imposition of an alien and hierarchical organizational form on a traditionally egalitarian society. This study has broad implications for those who work toward "cultural survival" or try to "save the rainforest."

A native of Pennsylvania, Lawrence Ziegler-Otero teaches in the Department of Anthropology at SUNY Plattsburgh. After a "first career" as a trade union organizer in the United States, he became an anthroplogist in order to study political, labor and indigenous organizations. He has also lived and worked in Ecuador and Puerto Rico.

Subject: Development Studies
Area: Latin America

BL: YC.2005.a.11558

BISAC: SOC042000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Developing Countries; BUS000000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS/General; POL033000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Globalization

BIC: GTF Development studies; JFFS Globalization




Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1. History and Background
Chapter 2. Onhae: Structures and Achievements
Chapter 3. Practice and Praxis: Onhae in Action
Chapter 4. Toward an Organizational Evaluation
Chapter 5. Conclusion

Works Cited
Index

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