Globalizing Tradition: New Styles Of Leadership And New Organizational Forms In Pehuenche Communities In Chile

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Executive Summary

Most indigenous societies have lived and continue to live in a tension-filled relation with the government that rules over their territory. Due to the greater global awareness that recognizes the universal nature of human rights and the equality of all persons, including indigenous peoples, most governments have at least played lip service to the need to develop policies that respect to rights of the indigenous peoples living within their borders, and Chile after 1990 is no exception. These new policies imply increased intervention by both the Chilean government and non-indigenous Chilean society in the indigenous world, which has produced important changes on the political structure within the indigenous communities.

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