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VEGA, Cristina  and  CELLERI, Daniela. At the Limits of the Diverse Nation. ¿Where are the Migrants Placed in Ecuador’s Plurinational Project?. Andamios [online]. 2015, vol.12, n.28, pp.43-72. ISSN 2594-1917.

The present paper addresses the place of migrants in the new plurinational state of Ecuador. The project of plurinationalism emerges from the historical struggle of the indigenous movement of the country and its proposals to redefine the conceptions and limitations of a liberal nation. Based on the fieldwork carried out with migrant associations in Madrid, we found that the political transnational practices of the Ecuadorian state are characterized by the homogenization of the Ecuadorian migrants abroad, despite a recognition of their cultural diversity. The migrants, in turn, update the diversity of their national attributes, i.e., their ethnic, regional or local identities, even when these aspects do not adhere to the political language of the peoples and nationalities where the plurinational project was conceived. Despite the fact that indigenous migrants evoke the racial inequalities dealt by the construction of unequal differences regarding origin and migration, these are seldom identified in ethnic and cultural terms.

Keywords : Ecuador; nation-state; plurinationalism; migration; ethnicity; political transnationalism.

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