By Matthew D. O'Hara
O’Hara makes a speciality of interactions among church specialists 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 concerning caste prestige, the class of “Indian,” and the possession of estate, he demonstrates that non secular collectivities from local parishes to casual devotions served as complicated yet potent technique of political association for plebeians and peasants. whilst, longstanding non secular practices and concepts made colonial social identities linger into the many years following independence, good after republican leaders officially abolished the caste approach that categorized contributors in accordance with racial and ethnic standards. those institutional and cultural legacies will be profound, due to the fact they raised primary questions about political inclusion and exclusion accurately while Mexico was once attempting to envision and discover new sorts of political neighborhood. The modes of belonging and organizing created via colonialism supplied openings for renowned mobilization, yet they have been continuously 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