Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico

Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico

By: Martínez, María Elena

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Maria Elena Martinez's "Genealogical Fictions" is the first in-depth study of the relationship between the Spanish concept of "limpieza de sangre" (purity of blood) and colonial Mexico's "sistema de castas," a hierarchical system of social classification based primarily on ancestry. Specifically, it explains how this notion surfaced amid socio-religious tensions in early modern Spain, and was initially used against Jewish and Muslim converts to Christianity. It was then transplanted to the Americas, adapted to colonial conditions, and employed to create and reproduce identity categories according to descent. Martinez also examines how the state, church, Inquisition, and other institutions in colonial Mexico used the notion of purity of blood over time, arguing that the concept's enduring religious, genealogical, and gendered meanings and the archival practices it promoted came to shape the region's patriotic and racial ideologies.

Title: Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico

Author: Martínez, María Elena

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Stanford University Press: 2011-01-27

ISBN/UPC Number: 080477661X

ISBN/UPC Number 13: 9780804776615

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: new

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: 9780804776615

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