Roosters at Midnight: Indigenous Signs and Stigma in Local Bolivian Politics

Robert Albro

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Before the Indigenous and social movements in Bolivia began in early 2000, culminating in the historic election to the presidency in late 2005 of the Aymara-descended coca grower and opposition leader Evo Morales, a change was taking place in municipal politics that one official called “the moment when people of humble descent began to enter” into local politics. “Understanding who these people are, how they think of themselves, and how they relate with each other politically tells us a great deal about the everyday neopopular political ground that preceded and has since been embraced by the Morales presidency, which has steadily been moving Bolivian national politics toward a greater rapprochement with its Indigenous heritage,” says Robert Albro in the introduction to Roosters at Midnight.

Albro develops the case that “the present high profile of an Indigenous political project in Bolivia is significantly owed to longer-developing if more under-the-radar neopopular working relationships among people often categorized as non-Indigenous, diverse urban Indigenous, and popular sectors, whose political activities are largely entangled with everyday and informal kinds of economic activities in the effort to make ends meet in neoliberal Bolivia.” Daniel M. Goldstein of Rutgers University says, “Roosters at Midnight is like no other ethnography of the Andes that I have read. It is a gem of a book.”

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