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Archaeology of Ethnogenesis Race and Sexuality in Colonial San Francisco

ISBN-10: 0520244923

ISBN-13: 9780520244924

Edition: 2008

Authors: Barbara L. Voss

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This groundbreaking work of historical archaeology illuminates the genesis of the Californios, a community of military settlers who forged a new identity on the northwest edge of Spanish North America. Since 1993, Barbara L. Voss has conducted archaeological excavations at the Presidio of San Francisco, founded by Spain during its colonization of California's central coast. Her research at the Presidio forms the basis for this rich study of cultural identity formation, or ethnogenesis, among the diverse peoples who came from widespread colonized populations to serve at the Presidio. Through a close investigation of the landscape, architecture, ceramics, clothing, and other aspects of material culture, she traces shifting contours of race and sexuality in colonial California. The research reveals how these military settlers had cast off colonial classifications within only a few decades, and adopted a new identity as Californios, which in turn naturalized their dominance over Native Californians. An illuminating investigation of one historically significant site in California, the book at the same time shows how historical archaeology can help us understand colonial processes in other settings around the world.
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/5/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 420
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ethnogenesis and the Archaeology of Identity
Historical and Archaeological Contexts
Spanish-Colonial San Francisco
From Casta to Californio, I: Who Lived at El Presidio de San Francisco?
From Casta to Californio, II: Social Identities in Late Spanish and Mexican-Era Alta California
From Artifacts to Ethnogenesis: Excavating El Presidio de San Francisco
Spatial and Material Practices
Sites of Identification: Landscape
Structuring Structures: Architecture
Tradition and Taste: Ceramics
Consuming Practices: Foodways
Fashioning the Colonial Subject: Clothing
Conclusion: The Limits of Ethnogenesis
Zooarchaeological and Archaeobotanical Analyses
Notes
References
Index