Book Launch | Undoing Multiculturalism. Resource Extraction and Indigenous Rights in Ecuador

Event Start Date: October 07, 2021 4:00 PM
Event End Date: October 07, 2021 5:30 PM


Undoing Multiculturalism: Resource Extraction and Indigenous Rights in Ecuador by Carmen Martínez Novo
October 7, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm ET
Room 100, Smathers Library

This event will also be livestreamed on YouTube here. Some panelists will join by Zoom.

President Rafael Correa (2007-2017) led the Ecuadoran Citizens’ Revolution that claimed to challenge the tenets of neoliberalism and the legacies of colonialism. The Correa administration promised to advance Indigenous and Afro-descendant rights and redistribute resources to the most vulnerable. In many cases, these promises proved to be hollow. Using two decades of ethnographic research, Undoing Multiculturalism examines why these intentions did not become a reality, and how the Correa administration undermined the progress of Indigenous people. A main complication was pursuing independence from multilateral organizations in the context of skyrocketing commodity prices, which caused a new reliance on natural resource extraction. Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and other organized groups resisted the expansion of extractive industries into their territories because they threatened their livelihoods and safety. As the Citizens’ Revolution and other “Pink Tide” governments struggled to finance budgets and maintain power, they watered down subnational forms of self-government, slowed down land redistribution, weakened the politicized cultural identities that gave strength to social movements, and reversed other fundamental gains of the multicultural era.


  • Carmen Martínez Novo. Anthropologist and Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Editor in Chief of the Latin American Research Review. Author of Who Defines Indigenous? Identities, Development, Intellectuals and the State in Northern Mexico (Rutgers, 2006).
  • Rudi Colloredo Mansfeld. Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Professor of Anthropology. Author of The Native Leissure Class (Chicago, 1999), Fighting Like a Community (Chicago 2009), Fast, Easy and in Cash: Artisan Hardship and Hope in the Global Economy (Chicago 2015), among other works.
  • Joanne Rappaport. Emerita Professor, Georgetown University. Anthropologist. Author of Intercultural Utopias (Duke 2005), The Dissapearing Mestizo (Duke 2014), Cowards Don’t Make History: Orlandon Fals Borda and the Origins of Participatory Action Research (Duke 2020), among other works.
  • Susan Paulson. Professor of Latin American Studies and Anthropologist, University of Florida. Author of The Case for Degrowth (Polity 2020), Masculinities and Femininities in Latin Americas’s Uneven Development (Routledge 2015), Political Ecology Across Spaces, Scales and Social Groups (Rutgers 2004).

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