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Between Casta and Raza: the example of colonial Mexico

Lewis, Laura A. (2012) Between Casta and Raza: the example of colonial Mexico In, Hering Torres, Max S., Martínez, María Elena and Nirenberg, David (eds.) Race and Blood in the Iberian World. Berlin, DE, Lit Verlag (Racism Analysis - Series B: Yearbooks).

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Colonial Latin American individuals were legally and socially classified using a number of different terms that today we think of as ›racial‹. During the initial centuries of colonial rule, casta (caste) was among the most prominent of those terms. This chapter analyzes its significance from the late sixteenth to the late seventeenth centuries, a period during which the ›caste system‹ (sistema de castas) was most stable and widely used. Above all the chapter is concerned with the meaning of casta in context, and with the ways in which colonial subjects and colonial officials ›performed‹ it. Focusing principally on Mexico, the chapter concludes with thoughts as to how casta remains a figurative model for contemporary notions of raza (race).

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Published date: October 2012
Organisations: Modern Languages and Linguistics


Local EPrints ID: 343603
ISBN: 9783643902597
PURE UUID: c3807a30-1dd0-449b-a798-d5ac76d514f9

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Date deposited: 05 Oct 2012 14:44
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:21

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Author: Laura A. Lewis
Editor: Max S. Hering Torres
Editor: María Elena Martínez
Editor: David Nirenberg

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