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Indian Given: Racial Geographies across…

Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States…

by María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo

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This book was an incredible look at processes of racialization and state formation. Saldana-Portillo does an amazing job of bringing together a WHOLE BUNCH of theory and making it legible (to me, at least) though I will admit I had to take it pretty slowly. But her use of heterotemporality is really intriguing as a historical lens in the future, and her reading of the different racial geographies that make up the US, Mexico, and the borderlands is a great reminder of how unstable categories of racialization really are. I strongly recommend this to anyone thinking about historical categories of race and the borderlands. ( )
  aijmiller | Apr 11, 2017 |
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In Indian Given María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo addresses current racialized violence and resistance in Mexico and the United States with a genealogy that reaches back to the sixteenth century. Saldaña-Portillo formulates the central place of indigenous peoples in the construction of national spaces and racialized notions of citizenship, showing, for instance, how Chicanos/as in the U.S./Mexico borderlands might affirm or reject their indigenous background based on their location.  In this and other ways, she demonstrates how the legacies of colonial Spain's and Britain's differing approaches to encountering indigenous peoples continue to shape perceptions of the natural, racial, and cultural landscapes of the United States and Mexico. Drawing on a mix of archival, historical, literary, and legal texts, Saldaña-Portillo shows how los indios/Indians provided the condition of possibility for the emergence of Mexico and the United States.

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