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Rereading the Black LegendThe Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires$
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Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307213

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.001.0001

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“Race” and “Class” in the Spanish Colonies of America

“Race” and “Class” in the Spanish Colonies of America

A Dynamic Social Perception

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(p.167) Chapter Nine “Race” and “Class” in the Spanish Colonies of America
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Rereading the Black Legend
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Yolanda Fabiola Orquera

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.003.0009

This chapter examines the issues of race and class in Spain's colonies in America. It suggests that there are three distinct periods of cultural development in Central and South America after the Spanish conquest. The first period is the period of imperial peninsular consolidation, and this was followed by a second phase which indigenous residual forms began to play a part leading to the final period of emergence. This chapter contends that the emergent forms of colonial and postcolonial expression owe much to the earlier “residual” attempts of interweaving indigenous cultural practices.

Keywords:   race, class, Spanish colonies, America, cultural development, Central America, South America, indigenous cultural practices

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