Centering Animals in Latin American History Writing Animals into Latin American History

ISBN-10: 0822353970
ISBN-13: 9780822353973
Edition: 2013
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 6/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Centering Animals in Latin American Historywrites animals back into the history of colonial and postcolonial Latin America. This collection reveals how interactions between humans and other animals have significantly shaped narratives of Latin American histories and cultures. The contributors work through the methodological implications of centering animals within historical narratives, seeking to include nonhuman animals as social actors in the histories of Mexico, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Chile, Brazil, Peru, and Argentina. The essays range from discussions of canine baptisms, weddings, and funerals in Bourbon Mexico to imported monkeys used in medical experimentation in Puerto Rico. Some contributors examine the role of animals in colonization efforts. Others explore the relationship between animals, medicine and health. Finally, essays on the postcolonial period focus on the politics of hunting, the commodification of animals and animal parts, the protection of animals and the environment, and political symbolism.Contributors. Neel Ahuja, Lauren Derby, Regina Horta Duarte, Martha Few, Erica Fudge, León García Garagarza, Reinaldo Funes Monzote, Heather L. McCrea, John Soluri, Zeb Tortorici, Adam Warren, Neil L. Whitehead

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Writing Animal Histories
Animals, Culture, and Colonialism
The Year the People Turned into Cattle: The End of the World in New Spain, 1558
Killing Locusts in Colonial Guatemala
"In the Name of the Father and the Mother of All Dogs": Canine Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals in Bourbon Mexico
Animals and Medicine, Science and Public Health
From Natural History to Popular Remedy: Animals and Their Medicinal Applications among the Kallawaya in Colonial Peru
Pest to Vector: Disease, Public Health, and the Challenges of State-Building in Yucat�n, Mexico, 1833-1922
Notes on Medicine, Culture, and the History of Imported Monkeys in Puerto Rico
The Meanings and Politics of Postcolonial Animals
Animal Labor and Protection in Cuba: Changes in Relationships with Animals in the Nineteenth Century
On Edge: Fur Seals and Hunters along the Patagonian Littoral, 1860-1930
Birds and Scientists in Brazil: In Search of Protection, 1894-1938
Trujillo, the Goat: Of Beasts, Men, and Politics in the Dominican Republic
Conclusion: Loving, Being, Killing Animals
Recommended Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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