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Colonialism and its contradictions: Indians, blacks and social power in sixteenth and seventeenth century Mexico

Colonialism and its contradictions: Indians, blacks and social power in sixteenth and seventeenth century Mexico
Colonialism and its contradictions: Indians, blacks and social power in sixteenth and seventeenth century Mexico
This article examines patterns in the black/Indian relationship in Mexico during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It focuses on microlevels of society and on the practice of power in two pivotal domains, one centered on instances of labor coercion and civil control, and the other on what was labelled “witchcraft.” The analysis suggests that Spanish colonialism embodied contradictions at its very foundations as it created sites of power for both blacks and Indians, who were alternately constituted as dominating and subordinated subjects vis-à-vis each other and the Spanish colonizers.
0952-1909
410-431
Lewis, Laura A.
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Lewis, Laura A.
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Lewis, Laura A. (1996) Colonialism and its contradictions: Indians, blacks and social power in sixteenth and seventeenth century Mexico. Journal of Historical Sociology, 9 (4), 410-431. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-6443.1996.tb00105.x).

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This article examines patterns in the black/Indian relationship in Mexico during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It focuses on microlevels of society and on the practice of power in two pivotal domains, one centered on instances of labor coercion and civil control, and the other on what was labelled “witchcraft.” The analysis suggests that Spanish colonialism embodied contradictions at its very foundations as it created sites of power for both blacks and Indians, who were alternately constituted as dominating and subordinated subjects vis-à-vis each other and the Spanish colonizers.

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Published date: December 1996
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 346251
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/346251
ISSN: 0952-1909
PURE UUID: fcc4635b-b6a5-432b-b6a2-a863128ce728
ORCID for Laura A. Lewis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2782-7254

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Date deposited: 14 Dec 2012 11:25
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:25

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