By Matthew D. O'Hara
O’Hara makes a speciality of interactions among church professionals and parishioners from the late-colonial period into the early-national interval, first in Mexico urban and later within the surrounding geographical region. Paying specific consciousness to disputes concerning 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 potent technique of political association for plebeians and peasants. whilst, longstanding spiritual 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 based on racial and ethnic standards. those institutional and cultural legacies will be profound, in view that they raised basic questions about political inclusion and exclusion accurately whilst Mexico was once attempting to envision and observe new varieties of political neighborhood. The modes of belonging and organizing created by way of colonialism supplied openings for renowned mobilization, yet they have been consistently 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