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What Indians say aboutMestizos: A critical view of a cultural archetype of Mexican nationalism

Authors
Journal
Bulletin of Latin American Research
0261-3050
Publisher
Wiley Blackwell (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0261-3050(97)00068-5
Disciplines
  • Education

Abstract

Abstract This article seeks to analyse the views held by indigenous people of one of the main symbols of national identity in Mexico: the mestizo. While great importance has been attached to the archetype of the mestizo, the opinions of indian peoples with regard to its appropriateness as a formula for integration have not been explored. The views collected and analysed in this article were provided by members of ethnic groups who have received a modern education. The article seeks to explore these responses in the context of the different theoretical approaches of modernisation and ethnicity as components in the contruction of nationhood.

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