Norman E Whitten Jr

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Social organization, power structure and dynamics, ritual, symbolism, ethnoaesthetics, cultural imagery, modernity and magicality, nationalism, national development, ethnic-bloc formation, cultural transformations, millennial movements, political democracy and social movements, South America (particularly indigenous peoples of the moist tropics and the Andes and Afro-Latin Americans); African Diaspora.


Colgate University 1959, BA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1961 MA 1964 PhD

Additional Campus Affiliations

ANTHROPOLOGY; Emeritus - Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Professor Emeritus - LAS Global Studies

Highlighted Publications


Whitten Jr., Norman E, and Dorothea Scott Whitten. Histories of the Present: People and Power in Ecuador. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011.

Puyo Runa: Imagery and Power in Modern Amazonia. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

Whitten Jr., Norman. Milennial Ecuador. Critical Essays on Cultural Transformations and Social Dynamics, University of Iowa Press, 2003.


Whitten, Norman. "Interculturality and the Indigenization of Modernity: A View from Amazonian Ecuador." Journal of the Society of Lowland South America, vol. 6, no. 6, 2009.

"The Longue Durée of Racial Fixity and the Transformative Conjunctures of Racial Blending." Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, 2007, p. 356-383.


Whitten, Norman. "Esmeraldian Freedom: “with pride in the face of the sun"." Ecuador Reader, edited by Steve Striffler, compiled by Carlos de la Torre. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.