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Care of the SpeciesRaces of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity$
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John Hartigan Jr.

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780816685301

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816685301.001.0001

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An Ethnohistory

(p.25) 2 Maize
Care of the Species

John Hartigan Jr.

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Two explains how maize has been racialized in two distinct manners: singularly as “la raza maíz,” an emblem for indigenous or marginal peoples in Mexico, and in the plural, as with the fifty-nine “razas de maíz” that are a current popular and scientific concern in that country.

Keywords:   Multispecies plants nonhumans ethnography race science studies Mexico taxonomy biodiversity maize

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