Unfixing Race

Kathryn Burns

in Rereading the Black Legend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226307213
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307244 | DOI:
Unfixing Race

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This chapter examines the persistence of racism in the context of the history of Spain. It argues that the politics, categories, and practice of racism are historically specific, shaped by local struggles as well as far-flung imperial rivalries and the politics of state making. This chapter also analyzes the definition of race in terms of both breeding and religious faith and examines the use of the worlds creole, mestizo, and mulato in colonial Peru.

Keywords: racism; Spain; local struggles; state making; race; religious faith; creole; mestizo; mulato; colonial Peru

Chapter.  4943 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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