By Matthew D. O'Hara
O’Hara specializes in interactions among church gurus and parishioners from the late-colonial period into the early-national interval, first in Mexico urban and later within the surrounding nation-state. Paying specific awareness to disputes relating to caste prestige, the class of “Indian,” and the possession of estate, he demonstrates that spiritual collectivities from local parishes to casual devotions served as advanced yet powerful technique of political association for plebeians and peasants. whilst, longstanding spiritual practices and ideas made colonial social identities linger into the a long time following independence, good after republican leaders officially abolished the caste method that labeled members in line with racial and ethnic standards. those institutional and cultural legacies will be profound, seeing that they raised basic questions on political inclusion and exclusion accurately while Mexico used to be attempting to envision and notice new sorts of political neighborhood. The modes of belonging and organizing created through colonialism supplied openings for well known mobilization, yet they have been regularly stalked through their origins as instruments of hierarchy and marginalization.
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A Flock Divided: Race, Religion, and Politics in Mexico, 1749–1857 (e-Duke books scholarly collection.) by Matthew D. O'Hara