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The Metamorphosis of Heads: Textual Struggles, Education, and Land in the Andes (Pitt Illuminations) de [Arnold, Denise Y.]
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This exceptional book offers the first full-length, critical study of Andean textual theory. Essential reading for those seeking to understand indigenous histories and cultures in the midst of the process of globalization. --Elizabeth Monasterios, University of Pittsburgh"

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Since the days of the Spanish Conquest, the indigenous populations of Andean Bolivia have struggled to preserve their textile-based writings. This struggle continues today, both in schools and within the larger culture. The Metamorphosis of Heads explores the history and cultural significance of Andean textile writings--weavings and kipus (knotted cords), and their extreme contrasts in form and production from European alphabet-based texts. Denise Arnold examines the subjugation of native texts in favor of European ones through the imposition of homogenized curricula by the Educational Reform Law. As Arnold reveals, this struggle over language and education directly correlates to long-standing conflicts for land ownership and power in the region, since the majority of the more affluent urban population is Spanish speaking, while indigenous languages are spoken primarily among the rural poor. The Metamorphosis of Heads acknowledges the vital importance of contemporary efforts to maintain Andean history and cultural heritage in schools, and shows how indigenous Andean populations have incorporated elements of Western textual practices into their own textual activities.


Based on extensive fieldwork over two decades, and historical, anthropological, and ethnographic research, Denise Arnold assembles an original and richly diverse interdisciplinary study. The textual theory she proposes has wider ramifications for studies of Latin America in general, while recognizing the specifically regional practices of indigenous struggles in the face of nation building and economic globalization.



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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 4202 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 344
  • Editor: University of Pittsburgh Press; Edición: 1 (7 de mayo de 2006)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B0060I8F58
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A Difficult Read 27 de octubre de 2012
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I have a B.A. and I've read quite a number of academic books, of which this is one. I came to this book from reading Ong's classic, Orality and Literacy, along with Havelock's The Muse Learns to Write and Abram's books, The Spell of the Sensuous and Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. I had also read two books by Richard Nelson, The Island Within and Make Prayers to the Raven: A Koyukon View of the Northern Forest. Despite this, I was unprepared for the task of reading this book. I failed to do enough research on this book before I bought it, because I thought it dealt with the transition from orality to literacy. It does, at times, but the main thrust of this book is the struggle over educational reform in Bolivia and the clash between Andean and European textuality that stalls that reform. Derrida and Foucault, whom I have not read, are frequently referred to, as are a number of authors who have written in Spanish, which I am not able to read. While I am sure this book is a valuable starting point for someone with the background to understand the arguments contained within it, it is not the book that I was looking for. It did reinforce the points that I had garnered from my prior readings, but in a very scattered way, as this is not the main reason the book was written. I give the book 3 stars because I wanted to warn potential readers that they need to have the foundation to understand the authors' arguments. That would include a familiarity with linguistic, literary, and pedagogical theory, as well as Andean history.
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