Land of the Cosmic Race Race Mixture, Racism, and Blackness in Mexico

ISBN-10: 019992550X
ISBN-13: 9780199925506
Edition: 2013
Authors: Christina A. Sue
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Description: Land of the Cosmic Raceis a richly-detailed ethnographic account of the powerful role that race and color play in organizing the lives and thoughts of ordinary Mexicans. It presents a previously untold story of how individuals in contemporary urban  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Land of the Cosmic Raceis a richly-detailed ethnographic account of the powerful role that race and color play in organizing the lives and thoughts of ordinary Mexicans. It presents a previously untold story of how individuals in contemporary urban Mexico construct their identities, attitudes, and practices in the context of a dominant national belief system. The book centers around Mexicans' engagement with three racialized pillars of Mexican national ideology - the promotion of race mixture, the assertion of an absence of racism in the country, and the marginalization of blackness in Mexico.The subjects of this book aremestizos- the mixed-race people of Mexico who are of Indigenous, African, and European ancestry and the intended consumers of this national ideology.Land of the Cosmic Raceillustrates how Mexicanmestizosnavigate the sea of contradictions that arise when their everyday lived experiences conflict with the national stance and how they manage these paradoxes in a way that upholds, protects, and reproduces the national ideology. Drawing on a year of participant observation, over 110 interviews, and focus-groups from Veracruz, Mexico, Christina A. Sue offers rich insight into the relationship between race-based national ideology and the attitudes and behaviors of mixed-race Mexicans. Most importantly, she theorizes as to why elite-based ideology not only survives but actually thrives within the popular understandings and discourse of those over whom it is designed to govern.

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