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To Die in This Way: Nicaraguan Indians and the Myth of Mestizaje, 1880-1965 (Latin America)

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Challenging the widely held belief that Nicaragua has been ethnically homogeneous since the nineteenth century, To Die in This Way reveals the continued existence and importance of an officially “forgotten” indigenous culture. Jeffrey L. Gould argues that mestizaje—a cultural homogeneity that has been hailed as a cornerstone of Nicaraguan national identity—involved a decades-long process of myth building.

Through interviews with indigenous peoples and records of the elite discourse that suppressed the expression of cultural differences and rationalized the destruction of Indian communities, Gould tells a story of cultural loss. Land expropriation and coerced labor led to cultural alienation that shamed the indigenous population into shedding their language, religion, and dress. Beginning with the 1870s, Gould historicizes the forces that prompted a collective movement away from a strong identification with indigenous cultural heritage to an “acceptance” of a national mixed-race identity.

By recovering a significant part of Nicaraguan history that has been excised from the national memory, To Die in This Way critiques the enterprise of third world nation-building and thus marks an important step in the study of Latin American culture and history that will also interest anthropologists and students of social and cultural historians.

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Ethnicity, national consciousness, and the growth of indigenous movements in Nicaragua.

Synopsis:

Challenging the widely held belief that Nicaragua has been ethnically homogeneous since the 19th century, TO DIE IN THIS WAY reveals the continued existence of a "forgotten" indigenous culture. By recovering a significant part of Nicaraguan history that has been excised from national memory, Jeffrey Gould critiques the enterprise of third world nation-building and marks an important step in the study of Latin American culture and history. 11 photos.

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To Die in This Way is an extraordinary achievement. The research required to sustain such an innovative and original argument is truly impressive, ranging from searches through political and legal archives to ethnography and oral history. In short, this is a pathbreaking major work in Latin American history."—John Coatsworth, Harvard University
“Delving into Nicaragua’s myth of mestizaje, Gould provides a powerful analysis of the political and cultural mechanisms that eradicated indigenous identity throughout Latin America. His careful analysis of indigenous cultural loss, unlike that of others, does not require an essentialist reading of indigenous culture.”—Carol Smith, University of California at Davis
“Twenty years from now To Die in This Way will still be read as a classic work heralding (one can only hope) a wave of studies deconstructing ethnic identity and nationalism throughout modern Central America.”—Lowell Gudmundson, Mount Holyoke College

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822320982
Author:
Gould, Jeffrey L.
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Walter D. Mignolo
Author:
var-Hull, Sonia
Author:
Sonia Sald&iacute
Author:
Mignolo, Walter D.
Author:
Gould, Jeffrey L.
Author:
var-Hull
Author:
Sald&iacute
Author:
Silverblatt, Irene
Author:
Gould
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Indians of central america
Subject:
Indians, treatment of
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Latin America - Central America
Subject:
Indians of Central America -- Nicaragua.
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Latin America Otherwise
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 b&w photographs, 2 maps
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.04x6.15x1.00 in. 1.26 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Latin America » Nicaragua
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » World History » Central America

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Ethnicity, national consciousness, and the growth of indigenous movements in Nicaragua.
"Synopsis" by , Challenging the widely held belief that Nicaragua has been ethnically homogeneous since the 19th century, TO DIE IN THIS WAY reveals the continued existence of a "forgotten" indigenous culture. By recovering a significant part of Nicaraguan history that has been excised from national memory, Jeffrey Gould critiques the enterprise of third world nation-building and marks an important step in the study of Latin American culture and history. 11 photos.
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