Histories of race and racism : the Andes and Mesoamerica from colonial times to the present

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  • Creator Laura Gotkowitz, ed
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Durham : Duke University Press, 2012.
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  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (416 pages)
  • ISBNs 9780822394334, 0822394332, 0822394332, 9780822350262, 9780822350439, 0822350262, 0822350432, 9786613431172, 6613431176
  • OCLC ocn821725629


  • Ninety percent of the indigenous population in the Americas lives in the Andean and Mesoamerican nations of Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala. Recently indigenous social movements in these countries have intensified debate about racism and drawn attention to the connections between present-day discrimination and centuries of colonialism and violence. In Histories of Race and Racism, anthropologists, historians, and sociologists consider the experiences and representations of Andean and Mesoamerican indigenous peoples from the early colonial era to the present. Many of the essays focus on Bolivia, where the election of the country's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, sparked fierce disputes over political power, ethnic rights, and visions of the nation. The contributors compare the interplay of race and racism with class, gender, nationality, and regionalism in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. In the process, they engage issues including labor, education, census taking, cultural appropriation and performance, mestizaje, social mobilization, and antiracist legislation. Their essays shed new light on the present by describing how race and racism have mattered in particular Andean and Mesoamerican societies at specific moments in time.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Introduction : histories of race and racism in the Andes and Mesoamerica / Laura Gotkowitz -- Unfixing race / Kathryn Burn -- Was there race in colonial Latin America? : identifying selves and others in the insurgent Andes / Sinclair Thomson -- From assimilation to segregation : Guatemala, 1800-1944 / Arturo Taracena -- The census and the making of a social "order" in nineteenth-century Bolivia / Rossana Barragán -- Forging the unlettered Indian : the pedagogy of race in the Bolivian Andes / Brooke Larson -- Indian ruins, national origins : Tiwanaku and indigenismo in La Paz, 1897-1933 / Seemin Qayum -- Mestizaje, distinction, and cultural presence : the view from Oaxaca / Deborah Poole -- On the origin of the "Mexican race" / Claudio Lomnitz -- Politics of place and urban indígenas in Ecuador's indigenous movement / Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld -- Education and decolonization in the work of the Aymara activist Eduardo Leandro Nina Quispe / Esteban Ticona Alejo -- Mistados, cholos, and the negation of identity in the Guatemalan highlands / Charles R. Hale -- Authenticating Indians and movements : interrogating indigenous authenticity, social movements, and fieldwork in contemporary Peru / María Elena García and José Antonio Lucero -- Transgressions and racism: the struggle over a new constitution in Bolivia / Andrés Calla and Khantuta Muruchi -- Epilogue to "Transgressions and racism": making sense of May 24th in Sucre : toward an antiracist legislative agenda / Pamela Calla and the Observatorio del Racismo -- A postcolonial palimpsest : the work race does in Latin America / Florencia E. Mallon
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