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FERREIRA, Andrey Cordeiro. Dialéticas coloniais: a construção do estado e as transformações da organização social indígena sul-americana. Rev. bras. Ci. Soc. [online]. 2011, vol.26, n.77, pp.79-96. ISSN 1806-9053.

This article has as its objective to put forward some hypotheses about the dialectical relationships between two social processes. On the one hand, the nation-building process in Brazil and on the another hand the transformation of the South American indigenous social organizations. Our starting point is a specific ethnographic background, the Chaco/Pantanal (floodable swamps in central Brazil). We make a critique of some evolutionist and structuralist views on state building and indigenous peoples leadership, demonstrating how the segmentary organization and the reciprocity logic are interwoven into colonial social-historical dialectics.

Keywords : Colonialism; Reciprocity; Segmentarity; Political processes.

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