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Introduction

David Wallace Adams and Crista DeLuzio

in On the Borders of Love and Power

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272385
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520951341 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520272385.003.0001
Introduction

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The introductory essay outlines the key themes of the twelve chapters collected in the volume. The authors provide an overview of the history of the three ethnocultural groups populating the American Southwest that are the focus of the chapters in the book: Native Americans, Hispanics, and Anglo-Americans. They argue that family relations played a crucial role in producing, enforcing, mediating, and contesting larger structures of social power throughout the history of the American West. Colonizers’ efforts to destroy, regulate, and transform the intimate relations of Hispanic and Indian peoples became both a means and an end of conquest and control. Intimate relations also served as a site where Indians and Hispanics could resist and negotiate the changes wrought by colonialism.

Keywords: Native Americans; Hispanics; Anglo-Americans; Southwest; family; kinship; intimate relations; colonialism

Chapter.  7981 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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