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The MountainA Political History from the Enlightenment to the Present$
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Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226031118

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226031255.001.0001

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Mountain Men and Women of Globalization

Mountain Men and Women of Globalization

(p.216) Nine Mountain Men and Women of Globalization
The Mountain

Bernard Debarbieux

Gilles Rudaz

, Jane Marie Todd

Martin F. Price

University of Chicago Press

Globalization has obliged individuals and social groups in the mountains, like everywhere else, to reposition themselves economically, culturally, and politically. For populations living in the mountains, these globalization issues often have a particular intensity and a few unique characteristics. Their ways of life and modes of production are sometimes very different from the dominant models now in use, making the challenge of adaptation all the greater. In addition, their identities are strongly conditioned by the propensity of outsiders to associate them with mountains. As a result, these mountain populations have an incentive to make upcome to terms with these images, that social identity, and to take that factor into account in presenting themselves to the outside world, especially on the political stage and in public debate. As yet, the new configuration of the mountains that emerged on a planetary scale in the late 1980s has not really led the populations most concerned to constitute themselves as a collective political subject. Global spokesmen are having difficulty finding their voice. The mountain populations do not readily identify themselves as such, especially in Latin America; when they do, they are not very involved in identifying shared points of reference, problems, and battles.

Keywords:   lobby, identity politics, World Mountain Population Association, women, Caucasus, Berber, Andes

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