Black, but Not African

Tanya Maria Golash-Boza

in Yo Soy Negro

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035741
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038490 | DOI:
Black, but Not African

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This chapter discusses the transatlantic and transpacific slave trades that brought Africans to Peru and juxtaposes this history with how the contemporary descendants of Ingenio construct their origins. It argues that the local history of Ingenio explains why slavery does not form part of people's collective consciousness. This conceptualization of blackness also has implications for ideas of mestizaje in Latin America.

Keywords: blackness; Ingenio; slave trade; racial geography; Peru; slave labor; slavery; mestizaje

Chapter.  12614 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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