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Book launch: 'The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Latin America'
Wed 10 May 2017, 17:30 – 19:00 BST
David Lehmann (Cambridge; book's editor), Véronique Boyer (EHESS Paris) and Andrew Canessa (Essex); discussant: Per Engstrom (UCL Americas) - This book presents a challenging view of the adoption and co-option of multiculturalism in Latin America from six scholars with extensive experience of grassroots movements and intellectual debates. It raises serious questions of theory, method, and interpretation for both social scientists and policymakers on the basis of cases in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Multicultural policies have enabled people to recover the land of their ancestors, administer justice in accordance with their traditions, provide recognition as full citizens of the nation, and promote affirmative action to enable them to take the place in society which is theirs by right.
The message of this book is that while the multicultural response has done much to raise the symbolic recognition of indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples nationally and internationally, its application calls for a profound reappraisal in spheres such as land, gender, institutional design, and equal opportunities. Written by scholars with long-term and in-depth engagement in Latin America, the chapters show that multicultural theories and policies, which assume racial and cultural boundaries to be clear-cut, overlook the pervasive reality of racial and cultural mixture and place excessive confidence in identity politics.
David Lehmann, editor, former Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies Cambridge.
Véronique Boyer: Anthropologist, Director, Mondes Americains (MASCIPO), EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Paris
Andrew Canessa: Social Anthropologist, Director of the Centre for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, University of Essex.
Per Engstrom is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights of the Americas at the UCL Institute of the Americas. He is also co-chair of the London Transitional Justice Network (LTJN).
Attendance is free of charge but registration is required. IMPORTANT NOTE on access to 51 Gordon Square: in order to ensure the smooth delivery of the lectures or presentations, and for ease of logistics, access may be restricted after the start of the event. We will endeavour to accommodate late arrivals within our possibilities, but an early arrival is recommended to avoid disappointment.