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The Mestizo StateReading Race in Modern Mexico$
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Joshua Lund

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816656363

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816656363.001.0001

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Colonization and Indianization in Liberal Mexico

Colonization and Indianization in Liberal Mexico

The Case of Luis Alva

(p.1) Chapter 1 Colonization and Indianization in Liberal Mexico
The Mestizo State

Joshua Lund

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter reviews Luis Alva’s 1882 essays on “la raza indígena,” published serially in a Mexico City newspaper. In the essays, Alva takes up the intersecting problem of race and space and, in doing so, states the limits of the liberal critique of racism. Alva gives form to the outlines of the mestizo state, the specificity of its racialization, and the contradictions that it cannot resolve. His own commitment to liberal political economy provides the ground for a devastating critique of state racism, in which he highlights the ways state policy and social norms fail to respect the liberal promise of cultural tolerance within the overarching category of citizenship.

Keywords:   Luis Alva, la raza indígena, race, space, racism, mestizo state, liberal political economy, state racism, cultural tolerance, citizenship

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