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Subversive SpiritualitiesHow Rituals Enact the World$
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Frederique Apffel-Marglin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199793853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793853.001.0001

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The State and Feminist Missionizing in Bolivia

The State and Feminist Missionizing in Bolivia

(p.128) Chapter 8 The State and Feminist Missionizing in Bolivia
Subversive Spiritualities

Loyda Sanchez

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 addresses problems that emerged as a result of State sponsored feminist research carried out in an indigenous Andean community. The chapter lays out the State's policy toward women and the research agenda fostered by the State to support that policy. The chapter critiques the assumptions of the State-appointed feminist anthropologists as emerging from a tacit adherence to the modernist onto-epistemology elevated to the status of universal principles. One of those is the existence of a biological body as distinct from a non-biological part of the person. The chapter deconstructs that assumption and its implicit individualistic and anthropocentric premises. The chapter concludes that the agenda of the State is to strengthen its family planning programs.

Keywords:   state feminism, indigenous Andeans, women, individualism, biological body, family planning

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