Making Ecuadorian Histories: Four Centuries of Defining Power by O. Hugo BenavidesMaking Ecuadorian Histories: Four Centuries of Defining Power by O. Hugo Benavides

Making Ecuadorian Histories: Four Centuries of Defining Power

byO. Hugo Benavides

Paperback | August 1, 2009

Pricing and Purchase Info

$32.50

Earn 163 plum® points
Quantity:

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

In Ecuador, as in all countries, archaeology and history play fundamental roles in defining national identity. Connecting with the prehistoric and historic pasts gives the modern state legitimacy and power. But the state is not the only actor that lays claim to the country's archaeological patrimony, nor is its official history the only version of the story. Indigenous peoples are increasingly drawing on the past to claim their rights and standing in the modern Ecuadorian state, while the press tries to present a "neutral" version of history that will satisfy its various publics.

This pathfinding book investigates how archaeological knowledge is used for both maintaining and contesting nation-building and state-hegemony in Ecuador. Specifically, Hugo Benavides analyzes how the pre-Hispanic site of Cochasquí has become a source of competing narratives of Native American, Spanish, and Ecuadorian occupations, which serve the differing needs of the nation-state and different national populations at large. He also analyzes the Indian movement itself and the recent controversy over the final resting place for the traditional monolith of San Biritute. Offering a more nuanced view of the production of history than previous studies, Benavides demonstrates how both official and resistance narratives are constantly reproduced and embodied within the nation-state's dominant discourses.

O. HUGO BENAVIDES is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University in New York City.
Loading
Title:Making Ecuadorian Histories: Four Centuries of Defining PowerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:251 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292722125

ISBN - 13:9780292722125

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Ecuador's Political Hegemony: National and Racial Histories
  • 2. The Ecuadorianization of an Archaeological Site: National Identity at Cochasquí
  • 3. National Mechanisms of Appropriation: History, Territory, Gender, and Race at Cochasquí
  • 4. Between Foucault and a Naked Man: Racing Class, Sex, and Gender to the Nation's Past
  • 5. Alternative Histories: The Indian Movement's Encounter with Hegemony
  • 6. The Print Media's Contribution to National History: Who Owns the Past?
  • 7. Conclusion: Power, Hegemony, and National Identity
  • References
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

In Ecuador, as in all countries, archaeology and history play fundamental roles in defining national identity. Connecting with the prehistoric and historic pasts gives the modern state legitimacy and power. But the state is not the only actor that lays claim to the country's archaeological patrimony, nor is its official history the only version of the story. Indigenous peoples are increasingly drawing on the past to claim their rights and standing in the modern Ecuadorian state, while the press tries to present a "neutral" version of history that will satisfy its various publics.This pathfinding book investigates how archaeological knowledge is used for both maintaining and contesting nation-building and state-hegemony in Ecuador. Specifically, Hugo Benavides analyzes how the pre-Hispanic site of Cochasquí has become a source of competing narratives of Native American, Spanish, and Ecuadorian occupations, which serve the differing needs of the nation-state and different national populations at large. He also analyzes the Indian movement itself and the recent controversy over the final resting place for the traditional monolith of San Biritute. Offering a more nuanced view of the production of history than previous studies, Benavides demonstrates how both official and resistance narratives are constantly reproduced and embodied within the nation-state's dominant discourses."This is one of the most outstanding books that I have read on Ecuador. . . . It is a groundbreaking work that intertwines nation, race, gender, and sexuality to show how that which seems most natural and most ancient is in fact intimately linked to the production of power." - Amalia Pallares, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago