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With our labor and sweat : indigenous women and the formation of colonial society in Peru, 1550-1700 /
Karen B. Graubart.
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2007.
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xii, 249 p. : ill.
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0804753555 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780804753555 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2007.
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0804753555 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780804753555 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6159026
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-236) and index.
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Based upon substantial new research, this book investigates the heterogeneity of experiences of rural and urban indigenous women in Peru during the first two centuries of Spanish colonization. Using wills, as well as other notarial and legal documents, it discusses changes in their working lives and how their identity as "Indians" as well as women was shaped in a multicultural society. From their utilization of colonial law to seek redress, to their creation of urban dress styles that reflected their new positions as consumers and as producers under Spanish rule, the early colonial period witnessed a dramatic upheaval in indigenous women's lives. By analyzing the migration from rural to urban areas, interaction with Spanish as well as African society, and the lives of both plebeians and elites, the author provides a thorough picture of this transformational period.
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Based upon substantial new research, this book investigates the heterogeneity of experiences of rural and urban indigenous women in Peru during the first two centuries of Spanish colonization. Using wills, as well as other notarial and legal documents, it discusses changes in their working lives and how their identity as " Indians" as well as women was shaped in a multicultural society. From their utilization of colonial law to seek redress, to their creation of urban dress styles that reflected their new positions as consumers and as producers under Spanish rule, the early colonial period witnessed a dramatic upheaval in indigenous women's lives. By analyzing the migration from rural to urban areas, interaction with Spanish as well as African society, and the lives of both plebeians and elites, the author provides a thorough picture of this transformational period.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-02-01:
Graubart's study debates issues of gender, power, and ethnicity in Peru during the first two centuries of Spanish colonization. On the one hand, the author explores how the expectations and demands of colonizers and colonial institutions changed the lives of the indigenous peoples; on the other, she explores the ways that indigenous and African peoples, especially women, contested and changed these expectations and demands through the construction of distinctive new ethnic and colonial identities. Graubart (Cornell Univ.) highlights the lives of women at different ends of the economic scale, from members of the pre-Hispanic ruling class to women who rose from domestic service to become entrepreneurs, property owners, end even slave owners. The study is mainly urban, using historical archives from Lima and Trujillo, but it also investigates rural women's production for the urban markets. This book, like some other recent studies, demonstrates that colonial society was far more mobile, ambiguous, and contentious than was once thought. Graubart also demonstrates that the earlier period of colonial rule offered the most flexibility and opportunity to those who were not members of the colonizer classes. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. A. Santillan Medgar Evers College, CUNY
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"Employing wills as her primary source, Graubart has produced a useful study of how the experiences of indigenous women in colonial Peru helped to shape the wider world of which they were a part. Her introduction is a helpful overview of the relevant hist
"Employing wills as her primary source, Graubart has produced a useful study of how the experiences of indigenous women in colonial Peru helped to shape the wider world of which they were a part. Her introduction is a helpful overview of the relevant historiography of the past twenty years." --Camilla Townsend, Rutgers University
"Focusing in Lima and Trujillo during the early period of colonization, this book is a welcome addition to the study of ethnicity in the Andes. Providing examples culled from the archives that portray the daily experiences of men and women in the early ye
"Focusing in Lima and Trujillo during the early period of colonization, this book is a welcome addition to the study of ethnicity in the Andes Providing examples culled from the archives that portray the daily experiences of men and women in the early years of colonialism, this monograph contributes to the debate on the creation of the category Indian in an innovative and engaging way, useful not only to those interested in the colonial period, but to all those who study identity and its origins." --Natalia Sobrevilla Perea, University of Kent
" Graubart's dedication to detail and close analysis highlight the topic of female agency in a male-dominated colonial world. The writing and organization are clear. This study is a welcome addition to the literature on the formation of colonial society, and the role of women in particular." -- Susan Elizabeth Ramirez, Texas Christian University
"Graubart's dedication to detail and close analysis highlight the topic of female agency in a male-dominated colonial world. The writing and organization are clear. This study is a welcome addition to the literature on the formation of colonial society, and the role of women in particular."--Susan Elizabeth Ramirez, Texas Christian University
"Graubart sets herself apart from other gender and ethnic studies by analyzing the interaction of indigenous women with men and women of other ethnic groups... Graubart makes a valuable contribution to colonial Latin American history by contextualizing indigenous women and illuminating how they were influenced by the spread of European-introduced material culture, economic relations, and consumerism. I would recommend her work to specialists and students alike."-- The Americas
"Graubart sets herself apart from other gender and ethnic studies by analyzing the interaction of indigenous women with men and women of other ethnic groups... Graubart makes a valuable contribution to colonial Latin American history by contextualizing indigenous women and illuminating how they were influenced by the spread of European-introduced material culture, economic relations, and consumerism. I would recommend her work to specialists and students alike."--The Americas
"This book presents a new and very needed view of indigenous women in colonial Peru. Graubart's study gives us a complete and complex vision of these women by examining their lives through the economic and legal transactions recorded in their testaments."Kimberly Gauderman, University of New Mexico
"This book presents a new and very needed view of indigenous women in colonial Peru. Graubart's study gives us a complete and complex vision of these women by examining their lives through the economic and legal transactions recorded in their testaments."--Kimberly Gauderman, University of New Mexico
" This book presents a new and very needed view of indigenous women in colonial Peru. Graubart's study gives us a complete and complex vision of these women by examining their lives through the economic and legal transactions recorded in their testaments." -- Kimberly Gauderman, University of New Mexico
"Graubart's dedication to detail and close analysis highlight the topic of female agency in a male-dominated colonial world. The writing and organization are clear. This study is a welcome addition to the literature on the formation of colonial society, and the role of women in particular."Susan Elizabeth Ramirez, Texas Christian University
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"This book presents a new and very needed view of indigenous women in colonial Peru. Graubart's study gives us a complete and complex vision of these women by examining their lives through the economic and legal transactions recorded in their testaments."--Kimberly Gauderman, University of New Mexico "Graubart's dedication to detail and close analysis highlight the topic of female agency in a male-dominated colonial world. The writing and organization are clear. This study is a welcome addition to the literature on the formation of colonial society, and the role of women in particular."--Susan Elizabeth Ramirez, Texas Christian University
Back Cover Copy
"This book presents a new and very needed view of indigenous women in colonial Peru. Graubart's study gives us a complete and complex vision of these women by examining their lives through the economic and legal transactions recorded in their testaments."Kimberly Gauderman, University of New Mexico "Graubart's dedication to detail and close analysis highlight the topic of female agency in a male-dominated colonial world. The writing and organization are clear. This study is a welcome addition to the literature on the formation of colonial society, and the role of women in particular."Susan Elizabeth Ramirez, Texas Christian University
Back Cover Copy
" This book presents a new and very needed view of indigenous women in colonial Peru. Graubart's study gives us a complete and complex vision of these women by examining their lives through the economic and legal transactions recorded in their testaments." -- Kimberly Gauderman, University of New Mexico " Graubart's dedication to detail and close analysis highlight the topic of female agency in a male-dominated colonial world. The writing and organization are clear. This study is a welcome addition to the literature on the formation of colonial society, and the role of women in particular." -- Susan Elizabeth Ramirez, Texas Christian University
Table of Contents
La ropa de la tierra : indigenous women and the tributary economy of early colonial Perup. 27
"With our labor and sweat" : creating the urban economyp. 60
"Because I am a woman and very old ..." : indigenous women's testaments as legal strategiesp. 95
Dressing like an Indian : producing ethnicity in urban Perup. 121
"Use and custom" : Cacicas and the invention of political tradition in colonial Perup. 158
Conclusion : gender, ethnicity, and other identities in early colonial Perup. 186
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