Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880-1920 / Edition 1

Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880-1920 / Edition 1

by Pablo Mitchell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226532437

ISBN-13: 9780226532431

Pub. Date: 02/01/2005

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


With the arrival of the transcontinental railroad in the 1880s came the emergence of a modern and profoundly multicultural New Mexico. Native Americans, working-class Mexicans, elite Hispanos, and black and white newcomers all commingled and interacted in the territory in ways that had not been previously possible. But what did it mean to be white in this

Overview


With the arrival of the transcontinental railroad in the 1880s came the emergence of a modern and profoundly multicultural New Mexico. Native Americans, working-class Mexicans, elite Hispanos, and black and white newcomers all commingled and interacted in the territory in ways that had not been previously possible. But what did it mean to be white in this multi-ethnic milieu? And how did ideas of sexuality and racial supremacy shape ideas of citizenry and determine who would govern the region?

Coyote Nation considers these questions as it explores how New Mexicans evaluated and categorized racial identities through bodily practices. Where ethnic groups were numerous and-in the wake of miscegenation-often difficult to discern, how one dressed, bathed, spoke, gestured, or even stood was largely instrumental in conveying one's race. Even such practices as cutting one's hair, shopping, consuming alcohol, or embalming a deceased loved one could inextricably link a person to a very specific racial identity. A fascinating history of a plural and polyglot region, Coyote Nation will be of enormous value to historians of race and ethnicity in American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226532431
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Series:
Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
800,580
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents List of Illustrations....................ix
Preface: A Note on Coyotes....................xi
Acknowledgments....................xiii
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION Bodies on Borders....................1
CHAPTER TWO COMPROMISING POSITIONS Racializing Bodies at Pueblo Indian Schools....................26
CHAPTER THREE CARNAL KNOWLEDGE Racializing Hispano Bodies in the Courts....................52
CHAPTER FOUR TRANSITS OF VENUS Ceremonies and Contested Public Space....................81
CHAPTER FIVE STRANGE BEDFELLOWS Anglos and Hispanos in the Reproduction of Whiteness....................101
CHAPTER SIX "PROMISCUOUS EXPECTORATION" Medicine and the Naturalization of Whiteness....................122
CHAPTER SEVEN "JUST GAUZY ENOUGH" Consumer Culture and the Shared White Body of Anglos and Hispanos....................149
CHAPTER EIGHT CONCLUSION Birth of a Coyote Nation....................174
Notes....................185
Bibliography....................213
Index....................229

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