Perversity, futility, and jeopardy in Latin America
Latin American societies have long wrestled with the complex and sometimes contradictory terms of official multiculturalism. There is widespread agreement that a “regional model” of multicultural and autonomy policies emerged in the 1990s, but the content and consequences of multicultural politics and Indigenous rights recognition are still debated. Drawing from previous research in the Andes, this chapter provides an overview of the varieties of multiculturalisms in Latin America and pays attention to their intersections with neoliberal governance, gender, and race. MCPs have been associated with both conservative and insurgent political projects in the Americas. This chapter reviews the traits of what Van Cott called the “regional model” of multiculturalism, and borrows Hirschman’s suggestive labels for “reactionary” arguments against ostensibly progressive policies to survey debates over official MCPs. By using Hirschman’s categories, the chapter moves past glowing endorsements of MCPs and their demonization, showing the complexities of the empirical middle ground.
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