<i>Between the Andes and the Amazon: Language and Social Meaning in Bolivia</i> by Anna M. Babel (review)

Between the Andes and the Amazon: Language and Social Meaning in Bolivia by Anna M. Babel... 442 ANTHROPOLOGICAL LINGUISTICS 59 NO. 4 speech communities to invent new forms based in traditional ones and producing com- plex permutations of identity through mobility. This collection honors a less widely known portion of the legacy of a seminal founder while simultaneously building on that legacy with powerful new analyses. Between the Andes and the Amazon: Language and Social Meaning in Bolivia. ANNA M. BABEL. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2018. Pp. 280. $60.00 (hard- cover, e-book). Reviewed by Nicholas Q. Emlen, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University This book is about language and social categorization in Saipina, a town in the foothills connecting the Andean highlands and the Amazonian lowlands of Central Bolivia. Saipina lies halfway between the highland city of Cochabamba and the lowland city of Santa Cruz, and the book explores how people in the town constructed social identities by negotiating a set of aligned binary oppositions related to that highland-lowland dis- tinction. These oppositions included, respectively, the ethnic categories of colla (in- digenous Andean) vs. camba (nonindigenous lowlander); affiliation with the MAS vs. Autonomista political parties; the pollera skirt (emblematic of indigenous highland women) vs. pants or miniskirts; Quechua vs. Spanish, most significantly for this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anthropological Linguistics University of Nebraska Press

<i>Between the Andes and the Amazon: Language and Social Meaning in Bolivia</i> by Anna M. Babel (review)

Anthropological Linguistics, Volume 59 (4) – Jan 5, 2019

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442 ANTHROPOLOGICAL LINGUISTICS 59 NO. 4 speech communities to invent new forms based in traditional ones and producing com- plex permutations of identity through mobility. This collection honors a less widely known portion of the legacy of a seminal founder while simultaneously building on that legacy with powerful new analyses. Between the Andes and the Amazon: Language and Social Meaning in Bolivia. ANNA M. BABEL. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2018. Pp. 280. $60.00 (hard- cover, e-book). Reviewed by Nicholas Q. Emlen, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University This book is about language and social categorization in Saipina, a town in the foothills connecting the Andean highlands and the Amazonian lowlands of Central Bolivia. Saipina lies halfway between the highland city of Cochabamba and the lowland city of Santa Cruz, and the book explores how people in the town constructed social identities by negotiating a set of aligned binary oppositions related to that highland-lowland dis- tinction. These oppositions included, respectively, the ethnic categories of colla (in- digenous Andean) vs. camba (nonindigenous lowlander); affiliation with the MAS vs. Autonomista political parties; the pollera skirt (emblematic of indigenous highland women) vs. pants or miniskirts; Quechua vs. Spanish, most significantly for this

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