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Mobilizing Bolivia's DisplacedIndigenous Politics and the Struggle over Land$
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Nicole Fabricant

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837139

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837511_fabricant

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A Social Movement State

A Social Movement State

Indigeneity in Morales's Bolivia and a Compromised Constitution

(p.158) Chapter Six A Social Movement State
Mobilizing Bolivia's Displaced

Nicole Fabricant

University of North Carolina Press

On January 31, 2009, nearly three years after the Fifth National March for Land and Territory, hundreds of activists gathered in El Alto to mark the passing of the new Bolivian constitution. This chapter examines the passing of this new constitution, and then looks at the use and mutability of indigeneity as a language for political transformation and legitimacy. It examines the language of indigeneity and cultural performances, which became part of Evo Morales's two-pronged agenda to “refound” and “decolonize” the state and to illustrate how such marginalized practices could become a part of a public discourse to create a new kind of Bolivia.

Keywords:   Fifth National March, Land and Territory, El Alto, indigeneity, political transformation, Evo Morales, Bolivia

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