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The Independent Republic of Arequipa: Making Regional Culture in the Andes

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The Independent Republic of Arequipa: Making Regional Culture in the Andes

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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.

ISBN

9781477314593

Publication Date

2017

Publisher

University of Texas Press

City

Austin

Disciplines

Ethnic Studies | History | Indigenous Studies | Latin American Languages and Societies | Latin American Studies | Latina/o Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology

Comments

Description and cover image courtesy of Amazon; reviews courtesy of University of Texas Press.

Subject Areas

Regionalism -- Peru -- Arequipa; Ethnicity -- Political aspects -- Peru -- Arequipa; Arequipa (Peru) -- History; Arequipa (Peru) -- Politics and government

Author/Editor Bio

Thomas Love is Professor of Anthropology at Linfield College. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California - Davis, an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of California - Davis, an M.S. in Ecology from the University of California - Davis, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University.

Series Information

Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long series in Latin American and Latino art and culture

Reviews

“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

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