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Trading Roles Gender, Ethnicity, and the Urban Economy in Colonial Potos�

ISBN-10: 0822334704
ISBN-13: 9780822334705
Edition: 2005
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Description: Located in the heart of the Andes, Potosi was arguably the most important urban center in the Western Hemisphere during the colonial era. It was internationally famous for its abundant silver mines and regionally infamous for its labor draft. Set in  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 5/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Located in the heart of the Andes, Potosi was arguably the most important urban center in the Western Hemisphere during the colonial era. It was internationally famous for its abundant silver mines and regionally infamous for its labor draft. Set in this context of opulence and oppression associated with the silver trade, Trading Roles emphasizes daily life in the city's streets, markets, and taverns. As Jane E. Mangan shows, food and drink transactions emerged as the most common site of interaction for Potosinos of different ethnic and class backgrounds. Within two decades of Potosi's founding in the 15405, the majority of the city's inhabitants no longer produced food or alcohol for themselves; they purchased these items. Mangan presents a vibrant social history of colonial Potosi through an investigation of everyday commerce during the city's economic heyday, between the discovery of silver in 1545 and the waning of production in the late seventeenth century. Drawing on wills and dowries, judicial cases, town council records, and royal decrees, Mangan brings alive the bustle of trade in Potosi. She examines quotidian economic transactions in light of social custom, ethnicity, and gender, illuminating negotiations over vendor locations, kinship ties that sustained urban trade through the course of silver booms and busts, and credit practices that developed to mitigate the pressures of the market economy. Mangan argues that trade exchanges functioned as sites to negotiate identities within this colonial multiethnic society. Throughout the study, she demonstrates how women and indigenous peoples played essential roles in Potosi's economy through the commercial transactions she describesso vividly.

Jane E. Mangan is associate professor of history at Davidson College and the author of Trading Roles: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Urban Economy in Colonial Potosi. She is currently researching a book on the subject of family in sixteenth-century Spain and Peru.

Walter D. Mignolo is the William H. Wannamaker Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University. This book is the third of a trilogy that includes "The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization" and "The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options". He is also the author of "The Idea of Latin America".

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Acknowledgments
Introduction
"The Largest Population and the Most Commerce": The Genesis of Potosi's Urban Economy
Making Room to Sell: Location, Regulation, and the Properties of Urban Trade
Light on the Chicha, Heavy on the Bread: The Colonial Market for Brewing and Baking
The World of Credit in the City of Silver
Enterprising Women: Female Traders in the Urban Economy
?Vale un Potosi? The Urban Marketplace in the Face of Decline, 1650-1700
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Glosary
Bibliography
Index

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