The Independent Republic of Arequipa: Making Regional Culture in the Andes
Arequipa, Peru's second largest city, has the most intense regional culture in the central Andes. Arequipeños fiercely conceive of themselves as exceptional and distinctive, yet also broadly representative of the nation's overall hybrid nature—a blending of coast (modern, "white") and sierra (traditional, "indigenous"). The Independent Republic of Arequipa investigates why and how this regional identity developed in a boom of cultural production after the War of the Pacific (1879-1884) through the mid-twentieth century.
Drawing on decades of ethnographic fieldwork, Thomas F. Love offers the first anthropological history of southwestern Peru's distinctive regional culture. He examines both its pre-Hispanic and colonial altiplano foundations (anchored in continuing pilgrimage to key Marian shrines) and the nature of its mid-nineteenth century "revolutionary" identity in cross-class resistance to Lima's autocratic control of nation-building in the post-Independence state. Love then examines Arequipa's early twentieth-century "mestizo" identity (an early and unusual case of "browning" of regional identity) in the context of raging debates about the "national question" and the "Indian problem," as well as the post-WWII development of extravagant displays of distinctive bull-on-bull fighting that now constitute the very performance of regional identity.
University of Texas Press
Ethnic Studies | History | Indigenous Studies | Latin American Languages and Societies | Latin American Studies | Latina/o Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology
Regionalism -- Peru -- Arequipa; Ethnicity -- Political aspects -- Peru -- Arequipa; Arequipa (Peru) -- History; Arequipa (Peru) -- Politics and government
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long series in Latin American and Latino art and culture
“A remarkably well-supported, engaging, and original excavation of regional politics and society. I anticipate the volume will be of great interest to Peruvianist and Andeanist scholars, as well as many others outside the region and country. I will certainly recommend it to my graduate students and colleagues.” - Lisa Markowitz, University of Louisville, co-editor of U.S. Food Policy: Anthropology and Advocacy in the Public Interest
Love, Thomas F., "The Independent Republic of Arequipa: Making Regional Culture in the Andes" (2017). Linfield Authors Book Gallery. 82.