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In the early twentieth century, Peruvian intellectuals, unlike their European counterparts, rejected biological categories of race as a basis for discrimination. But this did not eliminate social hierarchies; instead, it redefined racial categories as cultural differences, such as differences in education or manners. In Indigenous Mestizos Marisol de la Cadena traces the history of the notion of race from this turn-of-the-century definition to a hegemony of racism in Peru.

De la Cadenaandrsquo;s ethnographically and historically rich study examines how indigenous citizens of the city of Cuzco have been conceived by others as well as how they have viewed themselves and places these conceptions within the struggle for political identity and representation. Demonstrating that the terms Indian and mestizo are complex, ambivalent, and influenced by social, legal, and political changes, she provides close readings of everyday concepts such as marketplace identity, religious ritual, grassroots dance, and popular culture, as well as of such common terms as respect, decency, and education. She shows how Indian has come to mean an indigenous person without economic and educational meansandmdash;one who is illiterate, impoverished, and rural. Mestizo, on the other hand, has come to refer to an urban, usually literate, and economically successful person claiming indigenous heritage and participating in indigenous cultural practices. De la Cadena argues that this version of de-Indianizationandmdash;which, rather than assimilation, is a complex political negotiation for a dignified identityandmdash;does not cancel the economic and political equalities of racism in Peru, although it has made room for some people to reclaim a decolonized Andean cultural heritage.

This highly original synthesis of diverse theoretical arguments brought to bear on a series of case studies will be of interest to scholars of cultural anthropology, postcolonialism, race and ethnicity, gender studies, and history, in addition to Latin Americanists.

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A study of how Cuzco’s indigenous people have transformed the terms “Indian” and “mestizo” from racial categories to social ones, thus creating a de-stigmatized version of Andean heritage.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [367]-398) and index.

About the Author

Marisol de la Cadena is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis.

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ISBN:
9780822324201
Author:
Cadena, Marisol de La
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Walter D. Mignolo
Author:
De La Cadena, Marisol
Author:
la Cadena
Author:
Sonia Sald&iacute
Author:
var-Hull, Sonia
Author:
Cadena, Marisol de La
Author:
Marisol de
Author:
var-Hull
Author:
Mignolo, Walter D.
Author:
Silverblatt, Irene
Author:
Sald&iacute
Author:
de La Cadena
Location:
Durham :
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Indians of south america
Subject:
Cuzco
Subject:
Mestizos
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Cuzco (Peru) Social conditions.
Subject:
Mestizos - Peru - Cuzco - Social conditions
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations
Series Volume:
105-410
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 b&w photographs, 2 maps, 1 table
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
9.24x6.06x1.29 in. 1.56 lbs.

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