Tristan Platt

Tristan Platt
University of St Andrews · Department of Social Anthropology

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Bilingualism made interpreters unnecessary in early Republican Bolivia. Citizen judges of the Peace functioned as Spanish-Aymara bilingual scribes in Chayanta Province (Potosí), while new bilingual Citizen tribute-collectors (recaudadores) replaced hereditary Aymara-speaking moiety Curacas. In Peru and Ecuador tribute was abolished in the 1850s, bu...
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Introduction to the edited volume A Return to the Village: Community Ethnographies and the Study of Andean Culture in Retrospective, edited by Francisco Ferreira with Billie Jean Isbell (Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, 2017). The book explores the role of community ethnographies in the study of Andean culture.
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Compiled by Dr. Francisco Ferreira and eminent anthropologist Professor Billie Jean Isbell, this edited volume brings together the work of several ground-breaking scholars who have produced outstanding ethnographies of Andean communities between the 1970s and 2000s. Contributors review their original works, reassessing key aspects of them - such as...
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In the 19th century, quicksilver was an essential ingredient in the production of silver bullion, and from 1835 the supply from the great Spanish mine of Almadén was monopolized by NM Rothschild of London. From the perspective of "connected histories", I compare transport costs in England and Bolivia for Almaden quicksilver destined for Potosí and...
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In the 19th century, quicksilver was an essential ingredient in the production of silver bullion, and from 1835 the supply from the great Spanish mine of Almaden was monopolized by NM Rothschild of London. From the perspective of "connected histories", I compare transport costs in England and Bolivia for Almaden quicksilver destined for Potosi and...
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Reviewed: Aymara Indian Perspectives on Development in the Andes By Amy Eisenberg. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2013. xiv + 263 pp. US$ 49.95. ISBN 978-0-873-1791-1.
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The article poses the problem of the theoretical characterization of the archive, and of the uses of archives at different levels and scales, in theprocess of carryig out ethnographic and ethnohistorical fieldwork. Emphasising the archive's epistemological situa-tion between routine (everyday) and rupture (epistemic), and invoking the work of sever...
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The article examines small and medium silver mining in two provinces of Potosí (Bolivia) during the early Republic, situating it between state buying, minting policies and smuggling via the "silver road" to Salta and the Chilean coast. The role of the Bolivian providers of small loans is identified, who then collected and sent ounces of silver from...
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This article moves beyond ideal expressions of duality and embodiment to examine three couples through their narratives of the birth of their children. Close analysis of three Quechua interview texts yields three types of relationship in which the obstetric care and carelessness of husbands are manifest in different ways. The ritual practice of yan...
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We wish to remember Olivia as the close friend and collegial partner which she was for more than thirty years. In particular, we think it appropriate in History Workshop Journal to address Olivia's contribution to our joint-authored book, Qaraqara-Charka, published in Spanish in 2006 in La Paz, Bolivia, after more than twenty years' gestation; and...
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The article relates John Murra's theory of the "vertical archipelago" -a dynamic model of the changing historical relations between Andean societies, the complementary ecologies they inhabit, and emergent "State"-formations to transformationalist theories developed particularly among Amazonian peoples. Drawing on field-work with a longlived "archip...
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El artículo combina la teoría del "archipiélago vertical" andino propuesto por John V. Murra —un modelo dinámico de las cambiantes relaciones históricas entre las sociedades andinas, las ecologías complementarias que habitan y las formaciones "estatales" emergentes— con las teorías transformacionalistas desarrolladas para los pueblos del Amazonas....
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The article combines John Murra’s theory of the « vertical archipelago » – a dynamic model of the changing historical relations between Andean societies, the complementary ecologies they inhabit, and emergent « State »-formations – with transformationalist theories developed among Amazonian peoples. Drawing on field-work with a longlived « archipel...
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Resulta dificil para nosotros descifrar las intenciones detras de los escritos de Olivia, sin considerar como se relacionaban sus textos con su vida, cuando esta fue no solo una colega sino una querida amiga a lo largo de mas de treinta anos. Naturalmente, esto no significa que sus textos no sean comprensibles por si solos. Pero en el caso de Olivi...
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Les Qaraqara et les Charkas,deux grandes chefferies aymaras du centre-sud andin, occupaient une région stratégique,pour les Inka comme pour les españols. C'est sur leur territoire que se trouvaient les grands centres miniers et religieux de Porco et de Potosi. Ce livre ofre de nouvelles approches et de nouvelles sources et traite des principaux thè...
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Partiendo de un estudio etnográfico y lingüístico sobre la mortalidad materna en Bolivia, este trabajo etno-obstétrico trata de la concepción, la gestación y el parto en una comunidad quechua hablante de Potosí. Analiza el paralelismo planteado entre la formación temprana de la persona y los orígenes mito-históricos de la sociedad. La sustancia pag...
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Partiendo de un estudio etnográfico y lingüístico sobre la mortalidad materna en Bolivia, este trabajo etno-obstétrico trata de la concepción, la gestación y el parto en una comunidad quechua-hablante de Potosí. Analiza el paralelismo planteado entre la formación temprana de la persona y los orígenes mito-históricos de la sociedad. La sustancia pag...
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Those natures which, when they meet, quickly lay hold on and mutually affect one another we call affined. This affinity is sufficiently striking in the case of alkalis and acids which, although they are mutually antithetical … most decidedly seek and embrace one another, modify one another, and together form a new substance … It is in just this way...
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1. Carmen Bernand-Muñoz, "Repensar el V Centenario", Antropología 1, Madrid 1991. El argumento de Roma retoma la interpretación de San Agustín por Machiavelli, tomada por el jesuita José de Acosta en 1588. Ver David Brading, The First America: the Spanish Monarchy, Creole Patriots, and the Liberal State 1492-1867, Cambridge: Cambridge University Pr...
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How did the indian majority in early republican Bolivia interpret the transformation of the colonial Audiencia of Charcas into an independent nation-state ? How was the new republican age and its symbols reconciled with the forms of social organisation and belief which had emerged from the meeting between native Andean civilisation and the Spanish...
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HarrisonRegina, Signs, Songs and Memory in the Andes: Translating Quechua Language and Culture (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1989), pp. xvii + 233, $25.00, $12.95 pb. - Volume 23 Issue 2 - Tristan Platt
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BurnettLTC DavisJr: Bolivian Proclamation Coinage (Virginia: Latin American Press, 1986, $12.50). Pp. 88. - Volume 19 Issue 2 - Tristan Platt
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L'Indien, s'il n'avait pas à payer le tribut ni la dîme, s'il n'était pas obligé de payer les fêtes et les droits paroissiaux lors des naissances, des décès et des mariages, et s'il n'avait pas créé la nécessité de s'enivrer au cours de toutes les manifestations religieuses… travaillerait certainement beaucoup moins qu'il ne travaille aujourd'hui…,...
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El autor examina algunas dudas recientes sobre la eficacia misionera del cristianismo colonial en la region surandina. Presenta la organizacion etnica del ciclo festivo catolico en una parroquia valluna de los Macha : San Marcos de Miraflores (Provincia Charcas, Bolivia). En Macha los franciscanos se encargaban de la evangelizacion рог lo menos en...
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Conflicting interpretations have been offered of South Andean participation in the Potosi mining market. A solution requires attention to local calendars, which organize strategies of social reproduction and regulate monthly rhythms of monetary demand. - from English summary FRENCH
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Attempts to examine the forms of articulation by which regional peasant households, grouped into a complex hierarchy of 'communities' or ayllus are in fact linked with both labour and product markets. It also examines the possibilities for accumulation that exist within the peasant economy. Through the use of quantitative data which focus on the sp...
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Avec le renouveau des études andines dû aux approches ethnohistoriques de J. Murra (1956, etc.) et de T. Zuidema (1964, etc.), l'analyse des systèmes de représentation andins est entrée dans une époque nouvelle. En caractérisant les diverses institutions locales selon les dimensions et la complexité du contexte social où elles fonctionnaient, en id...

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