Norman E Whitten Jr

 Norman Whitten

Contact Information

109 Davenport Hall
607 S Mathews
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
Professor Emeritus

Additional Campus Affiliations

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

Selected 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.

Journal Articles

Whitten, Norman Interculturality and the Indigenization of Modernity: A View from Amazonian Ecuador. Journal of the Society of Lowland South America 6 6 2009.
The Longue Durée of Racial Fixity and the Transformative Conjunctures of Racial Blending Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 12 2 2007, p. 356-383.

Book Contributions

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