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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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Misplaced Revolution Rosario

Misplaced Revolution Rosario

Castellanos and the Race War

(p.71) Chapter 3 Misplaced Revolution Rosario
The Mestizo State

Joshua Lund

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes the institutionalization of intellectual work in Mexico, including literary production, which provided Rosario Castellanos with resources and collaborative opportunities not available in Porfirian Mexico. As a female writer in a machista society, and one who participated actively in political culture as both a public intellectual and an employee of the state, Castellanos offers something of an indirect view of dominant cultural politics. Her literary writing, and her own professional biography, coexists with the rise of anthropology and its role in nation-building charged during the 1950s with advancing the cultural bases of economic development throughout the country. Through her generation’s articulation of race and violence in rural Mexico, a new geography of race emerged, with the “mestizo town” as its problematic center and a progressively holistic approach to race relations as its basic theory.

Keywords:   Mexico, intellectual work, Rosario Castellanos, Profirian Mexico, machista society, dominant cultural politics, anthropology, mestizo town

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