Limits of Racial Domination Plebeian Society in Colonial Mexico City, 1660-1720

ISBN-10: 029914044X

ISBN-13: 9780299140441

Edition: 1994

Authors: R. Douglas Cope

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nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; In this distinguished contribution to Latin American colonial history, Douglas Cope draws upon a wide variety of sources-including Inquisition and court cases, notarial records and parish registers-to challenge the traditional view of castas (members of the caste system created by Spanish overlords) as rootless, alienated, and dominated by a desire to improve their racial status.nbsp; On the contrary, the castas, Cope shows, were neither passive nor ruled by feelings of racial inferiority; indeed, they often modified or even rejected elite racial ideology.nbsp; Castas also sought ways to manipulate their social "superiors" through astute use of the legal system.nbsp; Cope shows that social control by the Spaniards rested less on institutions than on patron-client networks linking individual patricians and plebeians, which enabled the elite class to co-opt the more successful castas. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; The book concludes with thenbsp;most thorough account yet published of the Mexico City riot of 1692.nbsp; This account illuminates both the shortcomings and strengths of the patron-client system.nbsp; Spurred by a corn shortage and subsequent famine, a plebeian mob laid waste much of the central city.nbsp; Cope demonstrates that the political situation was not substantially altered, however; the patronage system continued to control employment and plebeians were largely left to bargain and adapt, as before. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; A revealing look at the economic lives of the urban poor in the colonial era,The Limits of Racial Dominationexamines a period in which critical social changes were occurring.nbsp; The book should interest historians and ethnohistorians alike.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 4/15/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Figures
Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Race and Class in Colonial Mexico City, 1521-1660
Life among the Urban Poor: Material Culture and Plebeian Society
The Significance and Ambiguities of "Race"
Plebeian Race Relations
Patrons and Plebeians: Labor as a System of Social Control
The Fragility of "Success": Upwardly Mobile Castas in Mexico City
The Riot of 1692
Conclusion
Appendix: List of Casta and Indian Wills
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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