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In Colonial Habits Kathryn Burns transforms our view of nuns as marginal recluses, making them central actors on the colonial stage. Beginning with the 1558 founding of South America’s first convent, Burns shows that nuns in Cuzco played a vital part in subjugating Incas, creating a creole elite, and reproducing an Andean colonial order in which economic and spiritual interests were inextricably fused.

Based on unprecedented archival research, Colonial Habits demonstrates how nuns became leading guarantors of their city’s social order by making loans, managing property, containing “unruly” women, and raising girls. Coining the phrase “spiritual economy” to analyze the intricate investments and relationships that enabled Cuzco’s convents and their backers to thrive, Burns explains how, by the late 1700s, this economy had faltered badly, making convents an emblem of decay and a focal point for intense criticism of a failing colonial regime. By the nineteenth century, the nuns had retreated from their previous roles, marginalized in the construction of a new republican order.

Providing insight that can be extended well outside the Andes to the relationships articulated by convents across much of Europe, the Americas, and beyond, Colonial Habits will engage those interested in early modern economics, Latin American studies, women in religion, and the history of gender, class, and race.

Synopsis:

A social and economic history of Peru that reflects the influence of the convents on colonial and post-colonial society.

About the Author

“It is fascinating to revisit the history of Cuzco through the gates of the convent. Burns’ clear, succinct prose, her gift for narrative, her eye for detail, and her engagement of larger issues of power, gender, and race make this an attractive book for a wide variety of readers.”—Brooke Larson, SUNY Stony Brook
Burns’s important and highly readable work takes a fresh look at the key economic, social, and cultural relationships that created and sustained a densely woven urban-centered colonial society in the Andes. Among its new findings: at the heart of the economy of colonial Cuzco, a credit institution run by women favored the conquered indigenous elite with long-term finance at concessionary interest rates.”—John Coatsworth, Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822322917
Author:
Burns, Kathryn
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Burns
Location:
Durham, NC :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church History - Catholic
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Social structure
Subject:
Cuzco, peru
Subject:
Convents
Subject:
Social structure -- Peru -- Cuzco -- History.
Subject:
Cuzco
Subject:
Mestizos
Subject:
Christianity - History - Catholic
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Women -- Peru -- Cuzco -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Cuzco (Peru) History.
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 illustrations, 2 maps
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.17x5.77x.97 in. 1.20 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Latin America » Peru
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » South America
Religion » Christianity » Church History » General
Religion » Western Religions » Monastics

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