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The Tra -vels a -nd Pla -ces of a - Bolivia -n People Sta­-rting from Quirpini Stua -rt a -lexa -nder Rockefeller Sta­ rting from Quirpini Rockefeller A -nthropology • LA -tin A -mericA Spa -ce, movement, a -nd power in the a -ndes “A groundbreaking book [that] re-envisions place as formed by individual movements, trips, and digressions as well as a situational context for action.”­ —Setha M. Low, The Graduate Center, City University of New York “A beautifully written ethnography [and] an example of careful and evocative writing about what people do. It is a pleasure to read and a model of good writing as well as good anthropology.” —Laurie Kain Hart, Haverford College The people of Quirpini, a rural community in the Bolivian Andes, are in constant motion. They visit each other’s houses, work in their fields, go to nearby towns for church, market, or official matters, and travel to cities as distant as Buenos Aires, Argentina, for wage labor. In this rich ethnography , Stuart Alexander Rockefeller shows how these places are intertwined via circuits constituted by the travels of Quirpinis, and proposes an anthropological approach to grasping the reality of people who move at such varied scales. Drawing on the work of Henri LeFebvre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Nancy Munn, and Judith Butler, Rockefeller argues that Quirpinis play a creative role in shaping the places they move through, and shows how the Bolivian state and a regional non-indigenous elite subvert and appropriate their creative power. This compelling study makes important contributions to contemporary debates about space and place, transnationalism, power, and culture. Stuart Alexander Rockefeller is a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. INDIANA INDIANA University Press Bloomington & Indianapolis www.iupress.indiana.edu 1-800-842-6796 Starting from Quirpini MECH.indd 1 5/17/10 11:49:30 AM ...


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