Governance and Society in Colonial Mexico: Chihuahua in the Eighteenth Century / Edition 1

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“This extremely important study makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the social history of colonial Mexico. The author’s focus on the social, cultural, and political dynamics of Chihuahua provides a superb lens through which to view social interaction on a daily basis among individuals distinguished by their gender, class, race, and occupation. The work also engages several wider issues ranging from the regional history of Mexico, to the social history of a community, to questions of hegemony, power, and governance in a peripheral area.”—Susan Deans-Smith, University of Texas at Austin
“Martin’s well-written social history . . . is packed with insights and observations that will be useful both to scholars interested in other Mexican regions and to those who study early modern social relations in other settings. . . . Immensely informative and interesting . . . this rich volume will undoubtedly be influential for years to come.”—American Historical Review

"A valuable addition to the historical literature on late colonial Mexico and the very modified impact of the Bourbon reforms. Solidly based on research in the well-preserved local archives, the author investigates how a large city on the northern frontier differed from other cities in New Spain. Particularly rich in materials on labor and ritual"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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"This extremely important study makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the social history of colonial Mexico. The author's focus on the social, cultural, and political dynamics of Chihuahua provides a superb lens through which to view social interaction on a daily basis among individuals distinguished by their gender, class, race, and occupation. The work also engages several wider issues ranging from the regional history of Mexico, to the social history of a community, to questions of hegemony, power, and governance in a peripheral area."—Susan Deans-Smith, University of Texas at Austin

"Martin's well-written social history . . . is packed with insights and observations that will be useful both to scholars interested in other Mexican regions and to those who study early modern social relations in other settings. . . . Immensely informative and interesting . . . this rich volume will undoubtedly be influential for years to come."—American Historical Review

"Extremely readable and impressively researched . . . this is an ambitious and deeply analytical study. . . . Among the work's many virtues are the clarity and unpretentiousness of its style, its insightfulness (without over-theorizing), and its sensitivity to its sources."—Latin American Studies

"Martin has given us a fine study of an eighteenth-century Mexican mining town. It is a work of painstaking sholarship, soft-spoken but with hard theoretical edges, written with clarity, economy, and grace."—Canadian Journal of History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804741682
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,341,236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl English Martin is Professor of History at the University of Texas at El Paso.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Villa of San Felipe el Real de Chihuahua 18
2 The People of Colonial Chihuahua 29
3 Labor Relations 47
4 The Ethos of Governance 74
5 The Rituals of Governance 97
6 Social Etiquette in Everyday Life 125
7 The Ethos and Practice of Patriarchy 149
Conclusion: Chihuahua and Colonial Mexico 184
Appendix: Selected Demographic and Political Data for San Felipe el Real and Its Jurisdiction 201
Glossary 213
Notes 217
Bibliography 247
Index 257
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