Dr Bartholomew Dean

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bartholomew_deanDr. Bartholomew Dean (U. Kansas) Violence & Cultural Autonomy among the Urarina of Peruvian Amazonia (1998)

This ethnographic project was devoted to understanding how post-colonial regimes in Amazonia have mobilized violence, fear and terror to effectively produce authoritarian domination. This involved the systematic collection and analysis of oral histories recounting violence among the indigenous (Urarina) and mestizo inhabitants of Peruvian Amazonia’s Chambira Basin. Research was aimed at elucidating the relationship between socio-economic reproduction, and the economy of violence–both symbolic and authentic.  In so doing, the research challenged the view of “pristine” Amazonian society by revealing the region’s long history with agents of international capital. By showing how the Urarina are engaged with global, national, and regional economies, the research revealed the ways those interactions shape their day-to-day life.


 2010. Anthropological Illuminations of the Varieties of Human Experience. [co-edited  with Joshua E. Homan] Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.
2010. “Lowland Ethnology Section” Handbook of Latin American Studies. United States Library of Congress & University of Texas Press (65)

2009.  Urarina Society, Cosmology & History in Peruvian Amazonia.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

2009. “Machetes in Ours Hands, Blood on Our Faces: Reflections on Violence and Advocacy in the Peruvian Amazon” Anthropological Quarterly 82(4):1069-72.
2009. “Civil-Affairs Confronts the ‘Weapons of the Weak’: Improvised Explosive Devices in Iraq” with C. Bartles and T. Berger ] in Small Wars Journal, ed.  R. Kurtz, Part 2, “Professors in the Trenches: Deployed Soldiers and Social Science Academics.” 3:27.

2008. “Lowland Ethnology Section” Handbook of Latin American Studies. United States Library of Congress & University of Texas Press, (63):119-132.
2007. “Identity and Intimate Violence in Peru” Journal of Latin American & Caribbean  Anthropology 12(1):29-32.
2006. The Varieties of Human Experience: An Anthropological Reader. [co-edited with Heather Meiers & Nancy Erickson] 2nd Edition Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.

2006. “Lowland Ethnology Section” Handbook of Latin American Studies. United States Library of Congress & University of Texas Press, (61):96-109

2005. “The ethics of spying” Anthropology Today 21(4):19-22.

2004. “Ambivalent Exchanges: The Violence of Patronazgo in the Upper Amazon.” Chapter 21 in Cultural Construction of Violence: Victimization, Escalation, Response, (ed.) M. Anderson. West Lafayette: Purdue University, Pp. 214-226.

2004. “Digital vibes & radio waves in indigenous Peru” Chapter 2 in Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights: Legal Obstacles and Innovative Solutions. (ed.) Mary Riley Contemporary Native American Communities Series, New York: Altamira Press, A Division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Pp. 27-53.

2004. “El Dr. Máxime Kuczynski-Godard y la medicina social en la Amazonía peruana” Introduction in La Vida en la Amazonía Peruana: Observaciones de un medico. by Máxime Kuczynski-Godard. Lima: Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Serie Clásicos Sanmarquinos). (Compilation and introductory essay of second edition, originally published in 1944)

2004. Guest Editor, “Indigenous Education and the Prospects for Cultural Survival” Cultural Survival Quarterly.  Winter (27)4.

2004. “Indigenous Education and the Prospects for Cultural Survival” in Cultural Survival Quarterly 27(4):14-18.

2003. “Postcolonial states, anthropology & the prospects for indigenous rights.” [with J. Levi] Introductory chapter in At the Risk of Being Heard: Identity, Indigenous Rights & Postcolonial States,(eds.) Bartholomew Dean and Jerome Levi. University of Michigan Press, Pp. 1-44.     
2003. “At the Margins of Power: Gender Hierarchy and the Politics of Ethnic Mobilization among the Urarina,” in B. Dean and J. M. Levi (eds), At the Risk of Being Heard: Indigenous Rights, Identity and Postcolonial States. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

2002. “State Power and Indigenous Peoples in Peruvian Amazonia: A Lost Decade, 1990-2000.” In The Politics of Ethnicity: Indigenous Peoples in Latin American States. (ed.) D. Maybury-Lewis. The David Rockefeller Center Series on Latin American Studies, Harvard University Press, Pp. 199-238.
[Spanish translation “El estado Peruano y los pueblos indígenas en la Amazonía peruano: una década perdida, 1990-2000”, Unay Runa, Instituto Cultural Rvna, Lima, Peru]

2002. “Critical Re-vision: Clastres’ Chronicle and the optic of primitivism.” In Best of Anthropology Today, 1974-2000. (ed.) Jonathan Benthall. London: Routledge, Pp. 66-71. 

2001. “Digitizing indigenous sounds: cultural activists & local music in the age of Memorex®” Cultural Survival Quarterly. 24(4):41-46.

2000.  “Respecto a los derechos de los pueblos indigenas: Maybury-Lewis y la diversidad  cultural.” El Comercio August 4, A20.

2000. [with E. Elías, M. Mckinley & R. Saul] “The Amazonian Peoples’ Resources Initiative: Promoting Reproductive Rights and Community Development in the Peruvian Amazon.” Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 4(2):3-10.

1999. Intercambios ambivalentes en la amazonía: formación discursiva y la violencia del patronazgo.” Anthropológica (17):85-115.

1999. “Critical Re-vision: Clastres’ Chronicle and the optic of primitivism.” Anthropology Today 15(2): 9-11.

1999. Language, Culture and Power: Intercultural Bilingual Education among the Urarina of Peruvian Amazonia. Practicing Anthropology 20(2): 39-43.