ANTB18H3 Lecture Notes - National Myth, Nordic Race, Carl Linnaeus

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Published on 20 Apr 2013
School
UTSC
Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTB18H3
Professor
February 14th, 2013
Latin American Anthro Week 6
“The Limits of Possible Blackness” in the Americas
- last week was about a celebration of mixedness
- claim to being a mestizo nation is a centrial part of national myth (as a story that the nation
tells about itself)
Key ideas from last class
1. Latin American Nations were founded largely on the figure of the mestizo
i) Justified emancipation from Spain (“we are not Spanish..”)
ii) Diret correspondence established between a certain kind of person (mestizo) and a
certain kind of political formation (nation-state): i.e “citizen-as-mestizo
iii) A ‘mystical’ more than biological celebration of hybridity
>mestizo implied idea of new independent nation state
>>now citizen in relation to new independent state
2. Mestizaje becomes centerpiece oif Nation-building
- mid-1800s to mid-1900s, especially
- scientific knowledge and political interventions combine in projects of assimilation and
integration
- Question so what did this mean for indigenous people, blacks etc?
3. Mestizaje as “redemptive”
- [QUOTE]
i.e reinforces racist ideologies and prevailing hierarchies
- [QUOTE]
“Education” as a civilizing force
- [QUOTE]
>education can make inferior races improved
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The limits of possible blackness in the americas. Last week was about a celebration of mixedness. Claim to being a mestizo nation is a centrial part of national myth (as a story that the nation tells about itself) Key ideas from last class: latin american nations were founded largely on the figure of the mestizo. Justified emancipation from spain ( we are not spanish ) Diret correspondence established between a certain kind of person (mestizo) and a certain kind of political formation (nation-state): i. e citizen-as-mestizo. A mystical" more than biological celebration of hybridity. >mestizo implied idea of new independent nation state. >>now citizen in relation to new independent state: mestizaje becomes centerpiece oif nation-building. Scientific knowledge and political interventions combine in projects of assimilation and integration. Question so what did this mean for indigenous people, blacks etc: mestizaje as redemptive . [quote] i. e reinforces racist ideologies and prevailing hierarchies. A brief note about the present movement (1990--)

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