A Thousand Twangling Instruments: Racial and Ethnic Political Identities in Modern Latin America

I wrote this for a class on Latin American comparative politics. My conclusions:

…Indigenous movements are just one section in the symphony of “a thousand twangling instruments” that comprise the social movement scene in Latin America. The present period seems may be like the cacophony on before the concert as the musicians separately tune their instruments. When capable “maestros” like political parties, transnational organizations, and broad-based movements can step up and coordinate the musicians to play together, these groups have much more success at making themselves heard than when they are all playing their own tune.

Read the rest here (pdf).



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