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El Alto, Rebel City: Self and Citizenship in Andean Bolivia (Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations) Combining anthropological methods and theories with political philosophy, Sian Lazar analyzes everyday practices and experiences of citizenship in a satellite city to the Bolivian capital of La Paz El Alto, where than three quarters of the population identify as indigenous Aymara For several years, El Alto has been at the heart of resistance to neoliberal market reforms, such as the export of natural resources and the privatization of public water systems In October , protests centered in El Alto forced the Bolivian president to resign in December , the countrys first indigenous president, Evo Morales, was elected The growth of a strong social justice movement in Bolivia has caught the imagination of scholars and political activists worldwide El Alto remains crucial to this ongoing process In El Alto, Rebel City Lazar examines the values, practices, and conflicts behind the astonishing political power exercised by El Alto citizens in the twenty first centuryDrawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted betweenand , Lazar contends that in El Alto, citizenship is a set of practices defined by ones participation in a range of associations, many of them collectivist in nature Her argument challenges Western liberal notions of the citizen by suggesting that citizenship is not only individual and national but in many ways communitarian and distinctly local, constituted through different kinds of affiliations Since in El Alto these affiliations most often emerge through peoples place of residence and their occupational ties, Lazar offers in depth analyses of neighborhood associations and trade unions In so doing, she describes how the citys various collectivities mediate between the state and the individual Collective organization in El Alto and the concept of citizenship underlying it are worthy of attention they are the basis of the citys formidable power to mobilize popular protest

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