Mestizaje and ethnicity in the city of Veracruz, Mexico

Abstract : The research presented here is the result of fieldwork conducted between 2007 and 2010 in the city of Veracruz, Mexico. It bears on social, political and cultural usages of ethnic categories linked to the local history of slavery and the historical presence in the region of Black populations of African origin. Focusing on the evolution of local cultural policy, the ways of describing the city, activities striving to enhance the status of what is claimed to be its historical ‘heritage’, the popular music scene as well as forms of social domination expressed in daily life, this study aims to examine the conditions and modalities in which differences relating to the ‘African roots’ of mestizaje (ethnic mixing) - such as the perception of skin colour and phenotypic traits that are seen as more or less ‘negroid’ or cultural characteristics defined as ‘Black’ or ‘African’ - are marked, displayed, debated, eluded or argued.
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Christian Rinaudo. Mestizaje and ethnicity in the city of Veracruz, Mexico. Elisabeth Cunin; Odile Hoffmann. Blackness and mestizaje in Mexico and Central America, Tubman Institut; Afrodesc-Eurescl, pp.139-164, 2014. ⟨halshs-01082624⟩

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