Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-2

This book closes a cycle of twenty-five years of activist research with indigenous women throughout which I have had the privilege of establishing academic and political dialogues with distinct “wise women” collectives (colectivos de mujeres sabias). To thank all who have accompanied...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-32

The last two decades have been witness to two political and discursive transformations that have deeply affected the lives of the original peoples of Latin America. On the one hand, there is the emergence of a discourse in relation to indigeneity that has linked local struggles across the...

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1. Activist Research on Justice and Indigenous Women’s Rights

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pp. 33-66

In this chapter, I would like to reflect on the methodological routes that are the basis for this book, with emphasis on the epistemological possibilities of activist research.
In my experience as an academic and an activist, working for almost three decades advocating for women’s rights in contexts of...

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2. Multiple Dialogues and Struggles for Justice: Political Genealogies of Indigenous Women in Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia

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pp. 67-122

The last two decades in Latin America have given rise to organized movements of indigenous women. These movements’ collective demands are combined with those that are gender specific. We could say that there has been the birth of a new political identity, one that does not...

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3. Indigenous Justices: New Spaces of Struggle for Women

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pp. 123-162

In this chapter, I analyze the possibilities and limitations of communitarian justice for indigenous women in Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia. I show how the vernacularization of women’s rights discourses took place based on the dialogues described in the previous chapter, and I document how...

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4. From Victims to Human Rights Defenders: International Litigation and the Struggle for Justice of Indigenous Women

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pp. 163-189

In this chapter I reflect on the possibilities and limitations of international litigation for indigenous women’s access to justice. After examining the challenges faced by women when resorting to communal indigenous law, I include a second level of inter-legality that arises in the scope...

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5. From the Multicultural State to the Penal State: Incarcerated Indigenous Women and the Criminalization of Poverty

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pp. 190-228

Alongside the state’s policy of appropriating rights discourses as forms of governance, in Mexico, we are witnessing the criminalization of dissidence and the stiffening of penitentiary measures that mostly affect impoverished indigenous men and women. The experiences...

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Final Thoughts

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pp. 229-234

The organizational experiences and strategies of struggle of indigenous women analyzed in the five chapters of this book take place in the context of contradictory processes of criminalization of the indigenous population and multiculturalization of Latin American states. We...

Appendix 1. Case of Inés Fernández Ortega v. México: Official Expertise Anthropological Report

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pp. 235-252

Appendix 2. Legal Files of Indigenous Women Prisoners in Morelos and Puebla

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pp. 253-260

Appendix 3. From the “Life Histories” Workshop at Atlacholoaya, Morelos

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pp. 261-268

Appendix 4. From Bitácora del Destierro: Narrativa de Mujeres en Prisión

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pp. 269-270

Appendix 5. From Divinas Ausentes. Antología Poética de Mujeres en Reclusión

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pp. 271-272

Notes

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pp. 273-294

References

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pp. 295-322

Index

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pp. 323-331