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dc.contributor.advisorGarfield, Seth, 1967-
dc.contributor.advisorTenorio-Trillo, Mauricio, 1962-
dc.creatorGildner, Robert Matthew
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-19T21:50:36Z
dc.date.available2018-03-19T21:50:36Z
dc.date.created2012-08
dc.date.issued2012-09-06
dc.date.submittedAugust 2012
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2JM23Z6P
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-08-6216
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/63872
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation rethinks postcolonial nation-state formation in Latin America by investigating the cultural politics of the Bolivian Revolution of 1952. At the heart of Latin America’s postcolonial predicament were the social hierarchies of the colonial caste system, which persisted into the Republican era despite liberal ideals of legal equality and universal citizenship. This predicament was especially acute in Bolivia. Indians constituted sixty-five percent of the national population yet—still a century after Independence—remained politically excluded and socially marginalized by a European-descendant, or creole, minority. Following the Bolivian Revolution of 1952, a new generation of creole nationalists set out to integrate Indians into a modern nation of their own making. In subsequent years, artists, intellectuals, social scientists, and indigenous activists worked to transform Bolivia from a segregated, multiethnic republic into a unified nation. This study interrogates the dynamic interplay between state and society as these diverse agents negotiated the terms of indigenous inclusion, the content of national culture, and the contractions of postrevolutionary modernity. My research challenges the prevailing historiographical consensus that the transformative socioeconomic reforms introduced by Bolivia’s postrevolutionary government were not accompanied by a parallel cultural initiative. Drawing on new archival sources from Bolivia, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United States, I reveal that not only did the Bolivian Revolution of 1952 include a cultural element; but that the establishment of a unifying national culture for the integrated republic was one of the primary objectives of the postrevolutionary leadership. Through a burgeoning array of government institutions, officials promoted a new national culture model that celebrated Bolivia’s mixed Andean and Hispanic heritage. I argue that despite its inclusive veneer, this effort reproduced racialized identities founded on colonial social hierarchies. With case studies on rural sociology, the revision of national history, the reconstruction of archeological ruins, and the creation of a national folklore, this study demonstrates how the postrevolutionary politics of culture and knowledge operated, in conjunction, to generate novel forms of ethnic exclusion for indigenous Bolivians.
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dc.subjectBolivia
dc.subjectRevolution
dc.subjectIndigenous integration
dc.subjectBolivian Revolution
dc.subjectPostcolonial Latin America
dc.subjectBolivian Indians
dc.subjectPostrevolutionary modernity
dc.subjectCreole nationalists
dc.titleIndomestizo modernism : national development and indigenous integration in postrevolutionary Bolivia, 1952-1964
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2018-03-19T21:50:37Z
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLarson, Brooke
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGuridy, Frank
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGarrard-Burnett, Virginia
dc.contributor.committeeMemberZamora, Emilio
dc.description.departmentHistory
thesis.degree.departmentHistory
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
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