About the Series
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a critical series. It aims
to
explore the emergence and consequences of concepts used to define
"Latin America" while at the same time exploring the broad interplay
of political, economic, and cultural practices that have shaped Latin
American worlds. Latin America, at the crossroads of competing im-
perial designs and local responses, has been construed as a geocultural
and geopolitical entity since the nineteenth century. This series provides
a starting point to redefine Latin America as a configuration of political,
lingUistic, cultural,
and economic intersections that demands a continu-
ous reappraisal of the role of the Americas in history, and of the ongoing
process of globalization and the relocation of people and cultures that
have characterized Latin America's experience. Latin America Otherwise: Lan-
guages, Empires, Nations is a forum that confronts established geocultural
constructions, that rethinks area studies and disciplinary boundaries,
that assesses convictions of the academy and of public policy, and that,
correspondingly, demands that the practices through which we produce
knowledge and understanding about and from Latin America be subject
to rigorous and critical scrutiny.
Wandering Peoples: Colonialism, Ethnic Spaces, and Ecological Frontiers in Northwest-
ern Mexico, r700-r8so is an anthropological history of cultural resiliency,
colonial relations, and trespassed frontiers. The study takes place in the
borderlands of the Spanish Empire in North America during the re-
gion's long political transition from a Spanish colony to an independent
Republican state. Geographical and political frontiers created spaces of
pliant social identities, where boundaries of ethnicity and class inter-
twined. In this volume, Cynthia Radding offers a new perspective both
of the "frontier" and of the "world system" paradigm by rethinking the
dichotomy of center and periphery. She views the frontier not as a wall,
but as a permeable border where transformations occurred in both the
indigenous and Hispanic cultural worlds. Moreover, she suggests that
the center and the periphery coexist at the local level, while at the global
level the center becomes a distant periphery.
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