World Languages & Cultures | Viatori, Maximilian
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Maximilian Viatori’s research explores ethnic, racial and class inequalities and their relationships to state politics, governance and the control of natural resources. He worked for many years on indigenous rights and social movements in Ecuador, which is the subject of his first book, One State, Many NationsIndigenous Rights Struggles in Ecuador. He also conducted a multi-year project on race in Ecuadorian public discourse and another on conservation debates in Canada. Most recently, He has been studying artisanal fishers in Peru and their struggles to maintain access to productive marine resources and is writing a book manuscript on the subject. 

[Learn more about Dr. Viatori here.]


  • 2010 One State, Many Nations: Indigenous Rights Struggles in Ecuador. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research Press.


  • Forthcoming “Public Secrets, Muzzled Science: Agnotological Practice, State Performance, and Dying Salmon in British Columbia.” Political and Legal Anthropology Review 39(2): 31pp.
  • 2016 “Upheaval and the Maintenance of Indigenous Alterity: Borders, Crises and Racecraft in Ecuador, 1941-2008. Ethnohistory 63(3):497-518.
  • 2016 “Defending White-Mestizo Invisibility through the Production of Indigenous Alterity: (Un)Marking Race in Ecuador’s Mainstream Press.” Anthropological Quarterly 89(2): 483-512.
  • 2015 “Rift, Rupture and the Temporal Politics of Race in Ecuador: Whiteness and the Narration of Neoliberal Futures during and after the Cenepa War.” History and Anthropology 26(2):187-205.
  • 2014 “Indigenous Threats and White Counterfactuals: The Semiotics of Race in Elite Print Media Coverage of Ecuador’s 1990 Indigenous Uprising.” Anthropological Theory 14(4):387-404.
  • 2013 “Sovereignty and the Other in Ecuadorian Nationalist Discourse.” Identities 20 (2):190-206.
  • 2012 “Loss and Amazonian Otherness in Ecuador.” Invited submission for special issue: Discourses of Loss in the Amazon. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 17(3):435-450.
  • 2009 “Re-imagining Amazonia” (review article). Focaal: The European Journal of Anthropology 53:117-122.
  • 2008  “Soccer Nationalism: Ecuador and the World Cup. City & Society 20(2):275-281.
  • 2008  “Gender and Indigenous Self-Representation in the Zápara Nationality of Ecuador.”  Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 3(2):193-203.    
  • 2007 (with Gloria Ushigua) “Speaking Sovereignty: Indigenous Languages and Self-determination.” Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies 22(2):7-21.
  • 2007 “Zápara Leaders and Identity Construction in Ecuador: The Complexities of Indigenous Self-Representation.” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 12(1):104-133.
  • 2005 “New Bodies, Ancient Blood: ‘Purity’ and the Construction of Zápar Identity in the Ecuadorian Amazon.” Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 3(2):175-195.


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