Identity Politics of Difference: The Mixed-Race American Indian Experience

Posted in Anthropology, Books, Campus Life, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive, Monographs, Native Americans/First Nation, Teaching Resources, United States on 2017-10-17 02:36Z by Steven

Identity Politics of Difference: The Mixed-Race American Indian Experience

University Press of Colorado
168 pages
1 table
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60732-543-7

Michelle R. Montgomery, Assistant Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, American Indian Studies, and Ethnic, Gender & Labor Studies
University of Washington, Tacoma

In Identity Politics of Difference, author Michelle R. Montgomery uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine questions of identity construction and multiracialism through the experiences of mixed-race Native American students at a tribal school in New Mexico. She explores the multiple ways in which these students navigate, experience, and understand their racial status and how this status affects their educational success and social interactions.

Montgomery contextualizes students’ representations of their racial identity choices through the compounded race politics of blood quantum and stereotypes of physical features, showing how varying degrees of “Indianness” are determined by peer groups. Based on in-depth interviews with nine students who identify as mixed-race (Native American–White, Native American–Black, and Native American–Hispanic), Montgomery challenges us to scrutinize how the category of “mixed-race” bears different meanings for those who fall under it based on their outward perceptions, including their ability to “pass” as one race or another.

Identity Politics of Difference includes an arsenal of policy implications for advancing equity and social justice in tribal colleges and beyond and actively engages readers to reflect on how they have experienced the identity politics of race throughout their own lives. The book will be a valuable resource to scholars, policy makers, teachers, and school administrators, as well as to students and their families.

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Indians and Mestizos in the “Lettered City”: Reshaping Justice, Social Hierarchy, and Political Culture in Colonial Peru

Posted in Anthropology, Books, Caribbean/Latin America, History, Literary/Artistic Criticism, Media Archive, Monographs on 2011-12-03 23:41Z by Steven

Indians and Mestizos in the “Lettered City”: Reshaping Justice, Social Hierarchy, and Political Culture in Colonial Peru

University Press of Colorado
320 pages
5 line drawings, 1 map
Cloth ISBN: 978-1-60732-018-0
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-60732-019-7

Alcira Dueñas, Assistant Professor of Latin American History and World History
Ohio State University, Newark

Through newly unearthed texts virtually unknown in Andean studies, Indians and Mestizos in the “Lettered City” highlights the Andean intellectual tradition of writing in their long-term struggle for social empowerment and questions the previous understanding of the “lettered city” as a privileged space populated solely by colonial elites. Rarely acknowledged in studies of resistance to colonial rule, these writings challenged colonial hierarchies and ethnic discrimination in attempts to redefine the Andean role in colonial society.

Scholars have long assumed that Spanish rule remained largely undisputed in Peru between the 1570s and 1780s, but educated elite Indians and mestizos challenged the legitimacy of Spanish rule, criticized colonial injustice and exclusion, and articulated the ideas that would later be embraced in the Great Rebellion in 1781. Their movement extended across the Atlantic as the scholars visited the seat of the Spanish empire to negotiate with the king and his advisors for social reform, lobbied diverse networks of supporters in Madrid and Peru, and struggled for admission to religious orders, schools and universities, and positions in ecclesiastic and civil administration.

Indians and Mestizos in the “Lettered City” explores how scholars contributed to social change and transformation of colonial culture through legal, cultural, and political activism, and how, ultimately, their significant colonial critiques and campaigns redefined colonial public life and discourse. It will be of interest to scholars and students of colonial history, colonial literature, Hispanic studies, and Latin American studies.


  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Foundations of Seventeenth-Century Andean Scholarship
  • Chapter 3. Andean Scholarship in the Eighteenth Century: Writers, Networks,and Texts
  • Chapter 4. The European Background of Andean Scholarship
  • Chapter 5. Andean Discourses of Justice: The Colonial Judicial System under Scrutiny
  • Chapter 6. The Political Culture of Andean Elites: Social Inclusion and Ethnic Autonomy
  • Chapter 7. The Politics of Identity Formation in Colonial Andean Scholarship
  • Chapter 8. Conclusion
  • Epilogue
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
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Recasting Race after World War II: Germans and African Americans in American-Occupied Germany

Posted in Arts, Books, Europe, History, Media Archive, Monographs on 2011-12-03 20:41Z by Steven

Recasting Race after World War II: Germans and African Americans in American-Occupied Germany

University Press of Colorado
9 b&w photos
Cloth ISBN: 978-0-87081-869-1

Timothy L. Schroer, Associate Professor of History
University of West Georgia

Historian Timothy L. Schroer’s Recasting Race after World War II explores the renegotiation of race by Germans and African American GIs in post-World War II Germany. Schroer dissects the ways in which notions of blackness and whiteness became especially problematic in interactions between Germans and American soldiers serving as part of the victorious occupying army at the end of the war.

The segregation of U.S. Army forces fed a growing debate in America about whether a Jim Crow army could truly be a democratizing force in postwar Germany. Schroer follows the evolution of that debate and examines the ways in which postwar conditions necessitated reexamination of race relations. He reveals how anxiety about interracial relationships between African American men and German women united white American soldiers and the German populace. He also traces the importation and influence of African American jazz music in Germany, illuminating the subtle ways in which occupied Germany represented a crucible in which to recast the meaning of race in a post-Holocaust world.

Recasting Race after World War II will appeal to historians and scholars of American, African American, and German studies.

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The Future is Mestizo: Life Where Cultures Meet, Revised Edition

Posted in Anthropology, Books, Latino Studies, Media Archive, Monographs, Religion, Social Science, United States on 2011-12-03 05:15Z by Steven

The Future is Mestizo: Life Where Cultures Meet, Revised Edition

University Press of Colorado
136 pages
8.2 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
Paper ISBN:978-0-87081-576-8

Virgilio Elizondo (1935-2016), Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology; Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies and Kellogg Institute
Notre Dame University

Twelve years after it was first published, The Future is Mestizo is now updated and revised with a new foreword, introduction, and epilogue. This book speaks to the largest demographic change in twentieth-century United States history-the Latinization of music, religion, and culture.


  • Foreword by Sandra Cisneros
  • Preface The Great Border
  • Introduction The Future Is Mestizo: We Are the Shades by David Carrasco
  • 1. A Family of Migrants
    • My City
    • My Family
    • My Neighborhood and Parish
  • 2. Who Am I?
    • Moving into a “Foreign Land”
      vAcceptance, Belonging, and Affirmation
    • Experiences of Non-Being
    • Neither/Nor but Something New
  • 3. A Violated People
    • The Masks of Suffering
    • The Eruption
    • The Eruption Continues
    • Going to the Roots
  • 4. Marginality
    • Festive Breakthrough
    • Institutional Barriers
    • Invisible Mechanisms
  • 5. My People Resurrect at Tepeyac
    • The Dawn of a New Day
    • From Death to New Life
    • First “Evange!ium” of the Americas
    • Beginning of the New Race
  • 6. Galilee of Mestizos
    • Is Human Liberation Possible?
    • Conquest or Birth
    • The Unimagined Liberation
    • From Margination to Unity
  • 7. Toward Universal Mestizaje
    • From Unsuspected Limitations to Unsuspected Richness
    • A New Being: Universal and Local
    • Continued Migrations
    • Threshold of a New Humanity
    • The Ultimate Mestizaje
  • Epilogue: A Reflection Twelve Years Later
    • The Negative
    • The Challenge
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