To Make Themselves New Men

Joel Robbins

in Converting Words

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780520257702
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944916 | DOI:
To Make Themselves New Men

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This chapter moves from the politico-religious landscape of the province to the pueblos reducidos, where the conversions of conduct and language were actually played out. Whatever impact doctrinal language and practice would have on the Indios, it would arise in the local fields of daily life. What were the structures of governance and fields of engagement that ordered towns and the conduct of their inhabitants? How were the guardianías staffed, and what roles were accessible to Maya? How did the missions interact with the cabildo government in pueblos reducidos? How did they interact with the town as a public space, transforming it into a field of signs? These questions must be answered before we can ask how language in the pueblos embodied the strategies and consequences of reducción. The answers reveal reducción at the local level as a universe of ordering practices, engaged by actors in particular social positions. This orderliness in part lay in repeating patterns of representation and authority.

Keywords: pueblos reducidos; conduct; language; Indios; pueblos; reducción

Chapter.  13339 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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