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This collection brings together innovative historical work on race and national identity in Latin America and the Caribbean and places this scholarship in the context of interdisciplinary and transnational discussions regarding race and nation in the Americas. Moving beyond debates about whether ideologies of racial democracy have actually served to obscure discrimination, the book shows how notions of race and nationhood have varied over time ...
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Race and Nation in Modern Latin America

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Overview

This collection brings together innovative historical work on race and national identity in Latin America and the Caribbean and places this scholarship in the context of interdisciplinary and transnational discussions regarding race and nation in the Americas. Moving beyond debates about whether ideologies of racial democracy have actually served to obscure discrimination, the book shows how notions of race and nationhood have varied over time across Latin America's political landscapes.

Framing the themes and questions explored in the volume, the editors' introduction also provides an overview of the current state of the interdisciplinary literature on race and nation-state formation. Essays on the postindependence period in Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, and Peru consider how popular and elite racial constructs have developed in relation to one another and to processes of nation building. Contributors also examine how ideas regarding racial and national identities have been gendered and ask how racialized constructions of nationhood have shaped and limited the citizenship rights of subordinated groups.


The contributors are Sueann Caulfield, Sarah C. Chambers, Lillian Guerra, Anne S. Macpherson, Aims McGuinness, Gerardo Renique, James Sanders, Alexandra Minna Stern, and Barbara Weinstein.

Contributors:
Nancy P. Appelbaum, State University of New York at Binghamton (Binghamton, N.Y.)
Sueann Caulfield, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Sarah C. Chambers, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Lillian Guerra, Bates College (Lewiston, Maine)
Thomas C. Holt, University of Chicago (Chicago, Ill.)
Anne S. Macpherson, State University of New York at Brockport (Brockport, N.Y.)
Aims McGuinness, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Gerardo Renique, City College, City University of New York (New York, N.Y.)
Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt, Syracuse University (Syracuse, N.Y.)
James Sanders, Brooklyn College, City University of New York (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Alexandra Minna Stern, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Peter Wade, University of Manchester (Manchester, England)
Barbara Weinstein, University of Maryland at College Park (College Park, Md.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807862315
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/20/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt is associate professor of history at Syracuse University.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: The First New Nations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Racial Nations 1
Ch. 1 Little Middle Ground: The Instability of a Mestizo Identity in the Andes, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 32
Ch. 2 Belonging to the Great Granadan Family: Partisan Struggle and the Construction of Indigenous Identity and Politics in Southwestern Colombia, 1849-1890 56
Ch. 3 Searching for "Latin America": Race and Sovereignty in the Americas in the 1850s 87
Ch. 4 Imagining the Colonial Nation: Race, Gender, and Middle-Class Politics in Belize, 1888-1898 108
Ch. 5 From Revolution to Involution in the Early Cuban Republic: Conflicts over Race, Class, and Nation, 1902-1906 132
Ch. 6 Interracial Courtship in the Rio de Janeiro Courts, 1918-1940 163
Ch. 7 From Mestizophilia to Biotypology: Racialization and Science in Mexico, 1920-1960 187
Ch. 8 Race, Region, and Nation: Sonora's Anti-Chinese Racism and Mexico's Postrevolutionary Nationalism, 1920s-1930s 211
Ch. 9 Racializing Regional Difference: Sao Paulo versus Brazil, 1932 237
Afterword: Race and Nation in Latin America: An Anthropological View 263
Select Bibliography 283
Contributors 307
Index 311
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