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The biocultural consequences of contact in Mexico : five centuries of change

Title
The biocultural consequences of contact in Mexico : five centuries of change / edited by Heather J.H. Edgar and Cathy Willermet ; foreword by Clark Spencer Larsen.
ISBN
9781683403500
1683403509
9781683403647
Publication
Gainesville : University of Florida Press, [2023]
Physical Description
xiii, 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary
"This volume examines how Mexican populations have been shaped both culturally and biologically by European colonization, drawing on methods from archaeology, bioarchaeology, genetics, and history and providing evidence for the resilience of the Mexican people in the face of tumultuous change"--Provided by publisher.
The Biocultural Consequences of Contact in Mexico explores how Mexican populations have been shaped both culturally and biologically by the arrival of Spanish conquistadors and the years following the defeat of the Aztec empire in 1521. Contributors to this volume draw on a diverse set of methods from archaeology, bioarchaeology, genetics, and history to examine the response to European colonization, providing evidence for the resilience of the Mexican people in the face of tumultuous change. Essays focus on Central Mexico, Yucatan, and Oaxaca, providing a cross-regional perspective, and they highlight Mexican scholars' work and viewpoints. They examine the effects of the castas system--which the colonizers used to organize society according to parentage and the social construction of race--on individuals' and groups' access to power, social mobility, health, and mate choice. Contributors illuminate the poorly understood extent that this system--and the national identity of mestizaje that replaced it- caused inequality and the structural violence of stress and health disparities, as well as genetic admixture. Five hundred years after the Spanish first clashed with Aztec forces and began to influence modern Mexico, this volume adds to discussions of colonialism, the reconstruction of biosocial relationships, and the work of decolonization. Students and scholars in anthropology and history will gain insights into how human populations transform and adapt in the wake of major historical events that result in migration, demographic change, and social upheaval--Publisher's description.
Variant and related titles
Five centuries of change
Other formats
Online version: Biocultural consequences of contact in Mexico 1. Gainesville : University of Florida Press, 2023
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
July 25, 2023
Series
Bioarchaeological interpretations of the human past.
Bioarchaeological interpretations of the human past: local, regional, and global perspectives
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index (pages [273]-278).
Contents
Contextualizing the biocultural examination of colonization in Mexico / Heather J. H. Edgar and Cathy Willermet
Movement, power, and race : dynamics of colonialism in Mexico /
Robert C. Schwaller
Spanish/North African population affinity : implications for North American Mestizos / Heather J. H. Edgar, Katelyn M. Rusk, Corey S. Ragsdale, and Cathy Willermet
The domestication of death among the Natives of New Spain seen from the cemetery of the Royal Hospital of San Jos�e de los Naturales / Abigail Meza-Pe�naloza
Biocultural impacts of labor in colonial Mexico City : the intersections of age, sex, and heritage / Julie K. Wesp
The microevolution of dental morphology in the Northern Maya lowlands after European contact / Andrea Cucina, Michaela Lucci, and Alfredo Coppa
Regional changes in population structures with Spanish contact / Corey S. Ragsdale, Cathy Willermet, and Heather J. H. Edgar
Genetic diversity in Mesoamerica, pre- and postcontact / Blanca Z. Gonzalez-Sobrino
Living and health conditions in a religious order : the nuns from San Jer�onimo, Mexico City / Josefina Bautista Mart�inez and Mar�ia Teresa Ja�en Esquivel
A view of stress and inequality in colonial Mexico City through cranial fluctuating asymmetry / Cathy Willermet, Emily Moes, Katelyn M. Rusk, Heather J. H. Edgar, and Corey S. Ragsdale
Reflections on 1521 and the bioarchaeological study of the conquest of Mexico / Haagen D. Klaus.
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