In Decolonizing Patagonia: Mapuche Peoples and State Formation in Argentina, Lucas Savino examines Indigenous efforts for self-determination, territorial autonomy, and decolonization in Northern Patagonia, Argentina. Through an analysis of the ways in which Mapuche activists organize in particular localities in the province of Neuquén, this book contributes to broader theoretical understandings of collective identity formation and Indigenous activism under multicultural neoliberal regimes of citizenship. Building on interdisciplinary contributions on state formation, citizenship, and collective identity formation, Savino demonstrates that territorial struggles and the importance of the local political level are crucial for understanding how collective identities are configured.
Lucas Savino is associate professor in the Centre for Global Studies at Huron University College.
Introduction: Indigenous Peoples in Contemporary Argentina
Chapter 1: Indigenous Peoples and the State: A Political and Conceptual Approach
Chapter 2: Of Hopes and Shadows: The State Problem in Argentina
Chapter 3: Pewmagen: A New Mapuche Political Subjectivity in Neuquén
Chapter 4: Accommodated Citizenship: New Spaces for Mapuche Activism
Chapter 5: Territorial Autonomy in Times of Neoliberal Multiculturalism and Extractivism
Conclusion: Towards a New Mapuche Politics
Decolonizing Patagonia: Mapuche Peoples and State Formation in Argentina makes many significant contributions. Lucas Savino offers deep insights into Indigenous political organizations and activism in Argentina, connecting Mapuche activism to discourses and practices of neoliberal multiculturalism. Savino also meaningfully addresses the gap in the literature of Indigenous movements in minority contexts. Most critically, this work illuminates the constraints and possibilities of Indigenous organizations and how Mapuche politics involves processes of negotiation as well as ongoing conflicts with the state.