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Foreword / Irene Silverblatt ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: Racial Identities and Their Interpreters in Colonial Latin America / Andrew B. Fisher and Matthew D. O'Hara 1
1. Aristocracy on the Auction Block: Race, Lords, and the Perpetuity Controversy of Sixteenth-Century Peru / Jeremy Mumford 39
2. A Market of Identities: Women, Trade, and Ethnic Labels in Colonial Potosi / Jane E. Mangan 61
3. Legally Indian: Inquisitorial Readings of Indigenous Identity in New Spain / David Tavarez 81
4. The Many Faces of Colonialism in Two Iberoamerican Borderlands: Northern New Spain and the Eastern Lowlands of Charcas / Cynthia Radding 101
5. Humble Slaves and Loyal Vassals: Free Africans and Their Descendents in Eighteenth-Century Minas Gerais, Brazil / Mariana L. R. Dantas 115
6. Purchasing Whiteness: Conversations of the Essence of Parso-ness and Mulatto-ness at the End of Empire / Ann Twinam 141
7. Patricians and Plebians in Late Colonial Charcas: Identity, Representation, and Colonialism / Sergio Serulnikov 167
8. Conjuring Identities: Race, Nativeness, Local Citizenship, and Royal Slavery on an Imperial Frontier (Revisiting El Cobre, Cuba) / Maria Elena Diaz 197
9. Indigenous Citizenship: Liberalism, Political Participation, and Ethic Identity in Post-Independence Oaxaca and Yucatan / Karen D. Caplan 225
Conclusion / R. Douglas Cope 249
Bibliography 263
Contributors 291
Index 293

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Historical investigations into how Iberian settlers, African slaves, Native Americans, and their multiethnic progeny understood their identities in colonial Latin America

About the Author

Andrew B. Fisher is an Assistant Professor of History at Carleton College.Matthew D. O'Hara is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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"Grounded in solid archival research and informed by sound, up-to-date theoretical approaches, these essays break substantial new ground in showing how 'ordinary' people experienced living in the Spanish and Portuguese empires. Anyone wishing to sample the best in recent scholarship on colonial Latin America should begin with this book."--Cheryl English Martin, author of Governance and Society in Colonial Mexico: Chihuahua in the Eighteenth Century "This excellent and necessary collection brings together some of the most important scholarship on race in colonial Latin America. Importantly, the contributors do not assume racial and ethnic identities to be static, nor do they take hybridity as a given. Rather, they examine the social identities that emerged from 'contact points' between institutions and individuals."--Pete Sigal, author of From Moon Goddesses to Virgins: The Colonization of Yucatecan Maya Sexual Desire

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