Indigenous Elites: Survival and Subjugation in Colonial Latin America

Indigenous elites stood at the intersection of political subjugation and cultural survival in Spanish and Portuguese America. Over more than three centuries they acted as intermediaries between their communities and outsiders, as defenders before the law, and even as collaborators with local power groups in the exploitation of their own people. As such, they wielded… Read More Indigenous Elites: Survival and Subjugation in Colonial Latin America

Carstens Sees No Reason for Mexico Credit Rating Cut

By Nathan Gill and Jens Erik Gould      July 3 (Bloomberg) — Mexican Finance Minister Agustin Carstens said the country doesn’t have debt problems and there’s no reason for rating companies to cut its credit rating.      “We have a strong economy. We don’t have any external payment problems,” Carstens told reporters today at a… Read More Carstens Sees No Reason for Mexico Credit Rating Cut

Mexico Stimulus Can Prevent 2009 Job Contraction, Labor Minister Lozano Says

By Nathan Gill and Jens Erik Gould      Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Mexican Labor Minister Javier Lozano said his country’s economic stimulus plan can prevent a contraction in the job market this year.      “I hope that with the measures that are being taken we do not have a drop in the net number of… Read More Mexico Stimulus Can Prevent 2009 Job Contraction, Labor Minister Lozano Says

Thread of Blood: Ana María Alonso

The role of violence and the importance of cultural identity in the struggles between indigenous communities and the nation-state are the subjects of Ana María Alonso’s monograph, Thread of Blood: Colonialism, Revolution, and Gender on Mexico’s Northern Frontier (1995). This anthropological history of machismo in the culturally-mestizo Namiquipa community in Chihuahua looks at how violence,… Read More Thread of Blood: Ana María Alonso

A Plague of Sheep: Elinor Melville

Elinor Melville’s A Plague of Sheep (1994) examines the effects of sheep ranching on the environment in the Valle de Mezquital in colonial Mexico. Melville traces the processes that turned a wooded, well-irrigated landscape into desolate pasture lands. She weaves disease, territorial control, ungulate irruptions, and the collapse and consolidation of regional land tenancy into… Read More A Plague of Sheep: Elinor Melville

Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America: Asunción Lavrin

Asunción Lavrin’s edited volume, Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America, presents a series of perspectives on what Lavrin calls the “conquest of the mind,” the means through which the Spanish state and Catholic Church sought to maintain control over colonial society. The authors challenge received understandings of the region’s early history by showing the… Read More Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America: Asunción Lavrin