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Latin America Anthro Class 6.docx

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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTB18H3
Professor
Chris Krupa
Semester
Winter

Description
February 14 , 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
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