This book deals with the perennial tensions between ethnic groups and the modern nation-state and does so from the perspective of a leading Mexican anthropologist with deep and long experience in these matters. As such, it is both a superb introduction to the basic issues and a presentation of the author's own original contributions. The appearance of this book in English gives North American readers access to these important and political currents in Latin American anthropology and political economy. It is required reading for anyone wishing to understand the current recrudescence of indigenous peoples at this moment in history?when conventional wisdom had predicted its demise.
Preface -- Excluded Identities -- Nation Building and the Ethnic Question -- Colonial Policy and Slavery -- Colonial Indigenism -- Indigenism After Independence -- On the Road to Autonomy -- New Ethnic Struggles and Political-Theoretical Transformations -- Foundations of a Regime of Regional Autonomy -- Examples of Regional Autonomy: The USSR, Spain, and Nicaragua -- Prospects for Regional Autonomy -- Epilogue