Domination without Dominance: Inca-Spanish Encounters in Early Colonial Peru

Domination without Dominance: Inca-Spanish Encounters in Early Colonial Peru

by Gonzalo Lamana
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822343118

ISBN-13: 9780822343110

Pub. Date: 12/15/2008

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Offering an alternative narrative of the conquest of the Incas, Gonzalo Lamana both examines and shifts away from the colonial imprint that still permeates most accounts of the conquest. Lamana focuses on a key moment of transition: the years that bridged the first contact between Spanish conquistadores and Andean peoples in 1531 and the moment, around 1550,

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Offering an alternative narrative of the conquest of the Incas, Gonzalo Lamana both examines and shifts away from the colonial imprint that still permeates most accounts of the conquest. Lamana focuses on a key moment of transition: the years that bridged the first contact between Spanish conquistadores and Andean peoples in 1531 and the moment, around 1550, when a functioning colonial regime emerged. Using published accounts and array of archival sources, he focuses on questions of subalternization, meaning making, copying, and exotization, which proved crucial to both the Spaniards and the Incas. On the one hand, he re-inserts different epistemologies into the conquest narrative, making central to the plot often-dismissed, discrepant stories such as books that were expected to talk and year-long attacks that could only be launched under a full moon. On the other hand, he questions the dominant image of a clear distinction between Inca and Spaniard, showing instead that on the battlefield as much as in everyday arenas such as conversion, market exchanges, politics, and land tenure, the parties blurred into each other in repeated instances of mimicry.

Lamana’s redefinition of the order of things reveals that, contrary to the conquerors’ accounts, what the Spanairds achieved was a “domination without dominance.” This conclusion undermines common ideas of Spanish (and Western) superiority. It shows that casting order as a by-product of military action rests on a pervasive fallacy: the translation of military superiority into cultural superiority. In constant dialogue with critical thinking from different disciplines and traditions, Lamana illuminates how this new interpretation of the conquest of the Incas revises current understandings of Western colonialism and the emergence of still-current global configurations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822343110
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Series:
Latin America Otherwise
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,143,246
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

About the Series vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Situated Interventions: Colonial Imprints, Decolonial Moves 1

1. Beyond Exotization and Likeness: Alterity and the Production of Sense in a Colonial Encounter 27

2. Christian Realism and Magicality during Atahualpa's Imprisonment 65

3. Why Betting a Barrel of Preserves Can Be a Bad Thing to Do: Civilizing Deeds and Snags 97

4. Illusions of Mastery: Manco Inca's War and the Colonial Normal 125

5. The Emergence of a New Mestizo Consciousness: An Unthinkable Inca 159

6. Power as Moves: A Mid-1540s Repertoire of Flipping the Coin 193

7. "The End" 227

Basic Political Chronology of the Spanish Conquest 231

Notes 233

Glossary 249

References 251

Index 275

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