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The Disappearing Mestizo


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Author's Note on Transcriptions, Translations, Archives, and Spanish Naming Practices xiii
Introduction 1
1. Mischievous Lovers, Hidden Moors, and Cross-Dressers: Defining Race in the Colonial Era
2. Mestizo Networks: Did "Mestizo" Constitute a Group?
3. Hiding in Plain Sight: Gendering Mestizos
4. Good Blood and Spanish Habits: The Making of a Mestizo Cacique
5. "Asi lo Paresce por su Aspeto": Physiognomy and the Construction of Difference in Colonial Santafe
6. The Problem of Caste
Appendix: Cast of Characters

About the Author

Joanne Rappaport is Professor of Anthropology, and Spanish and Portuguese, at Georgetown University. She is the author of Intercultural Utopias: Public Intellectuals, Cultural Experimentation, and Ethnic Dialogue in Colombia and coauthor (with Tom Cummins) of Beyond the Lettered City: Indigenous Literacies in the Andes, both also published by Duke University Press.


"The Disappearing Mestizo is a compelling work with important implications for colonial race studies. Considering how diversity was visualized, recorded, and experienced in colonial Spanish America, Joanne Rappaport argues against ethnoracial constructs as strictly genealogical or based on skin coloration, and she challenges the assumption that the fluid classifications of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries hardened into a more elaborate caste system by the eighteenth. Above all, Rappaport questions how scholars of colonial Latin America have created models to explain disparities and discrimination." - Nancy E. van Deusen, Between the Sacred and the Worldly: The Institutional and Cultural Practice of Recogimiento in Colonial Lima

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